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An astronaut from Namur, a wedding in a rest home and apartments costing more than €700,000: the recap of the news in the province of Namur

This multi-graduate engineer was selected by the European Space Agency (ESA) to become an astronaut. ©BELGA

At 34, Raphaël Liégois is making history by following in the footsteps of Dirk Frimout and Frank De Winne.

This engineer from Namur was selected by the European Space Agency to become an astronaut. A position for which thousands of applications had been received.

Raphaël Liégeois will now go to Cologne and the European Astronaut Center where he will be trained for missions within the International Space Station.

2) Weddings celebrated with dignity at the Domaine des Rièzes and Sarts

A few dance steps in a rest home in Culs-des-Sarts, this is the image of the week.

Aged 81 and 72, Jacqueline and Jacques said “yes” to each other last Saturday.

This Thursday, they celebrated their wedding under the watchful eye of the residents and staff of the Domaine des Rièzes, their nursing home.

This is where the lovebirds met 14 months ago. And where they spin the perfect love.

3) Barracks district in Namur: housing does not sell but prices soar

Due to the shortage of materials and the increase in the cost of wages, living in the Novia district will cost more than expected.  ©Thomas & Piron
Due to the shortage of materials and the increase in the cost of wages, living in the Novia district will cost more than expected. ©Thomas & Piron ©DOUXFILS JULIE

Housing in the Novia district, developed by Thomas and Piron in Namur, is struggling to sell. And now, you will have to spend up to €721,000 to afford a 3-bedroom apartment.

Indeed, the municipal council has agreed to allow the promoter to increase the sale price of its housing and thus cope with the rise in the price of materials and wages.

In the opposition, it is emphasized that the objective of favoring first-time buyers has been missed.

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