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The Tour of Ile de France in 40 days: Sarcelles

Every day on France Bleu Paris, Thomas Etcheberry gives you an appointment to help you (re)discover one of the pretty corners of Île-de-France. In partnership with VisitParisRegion.com (Ile-de-France CRT), discover in 40 days, the places of activities and leisure in the Paris region.

Sarcelles has an agricultural past, its name would come from “Cercella” which in the Gallo-Roman language would mean place where circles or hoops are made for wine barrels.

Our reporter, Thomas Etcheberry, takes us to meet Patrick Haddad, Mayor of Sarcelles.

Patrick Haddad, Mayor of Sarcelles
Patrick Haddad, Mayor of Sarcelles © Radio France
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With around sixty different nationalities, it is a cosmopolitan city with a market where the whole world meets.

Place de France in Sarcelles is the place where the inhabitants of the Grand ensemble converge. The Grand ensemble was built in the late 1950s and early 1970s, it is a historical and architectural heritage that is implanted in the city.

Thomas Etcheberry takes you inside the Les Flanades shopping center to discover Anita’s huge hairdressing salon.

Anita in her hair salon
Anita in her hair salon © Radio France
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I love working at Sarcelles!

Based in Sarcelles for 12 years, Anita does hair for children and adults. She is currently looking for people who would like to work in her hair salon!

We continue the discovery of Sarcelles with in particular its summer activities with Eric Checco, elected delegate for Urban Cultures and organizer of the Polykromies festival

Eric Checco, elected delegate for Urban Cultures and organizer of the Polykromies festival just in front of the stage.
Eric Checco, elected delegate for Urban Cultures and organizer of the Polykromies festival just in front of the stage. © Radio France
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We meet artists, we meet different cultural genres to meet audiences

In the heart of the Place de France, at the foot of the buildings, the stage is being set up to welcome the artists. For this second edition from July 22 to 24, 2022, the festival teams have prepared a musical program by crossing styles and different cultural fields. You will be able to find in particular Natalie Dessay & Yvan Cassar, Abd Al Malik as well as the group DjurDjura.

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The concerts are free if you want to attend you will have to get your place in the neighborhood houses.

Impossible to talk about Sarcelles without talking about French rap! Sarcelles is one of the cradles of French rap with big names like Passy, ​​Stomy Bugsy or Doc Gynéco. To tell us about it Frederic Bride, co-founder of Sector A and member of the Made In Sarcelles collective.

Frederic Bride, co-founder of Sector A, and member of the Made In Sarcelles collective
Frederic Bride, co-founder of Sector A, and member of the Made In Sarcelles collective © Radio France
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Everyone told us that rap would never work in France, and it’s because we were told it was impossible that we did it

Passionate about music, they started in associations. Sarcelles has created meetings of the big names in French rap. Stomy Bugsy returns from time to time to Sarcelles because his father still lives there.

We continue the walk in the village side of Sarcelles, you can discover a totally different decor with lots of greenery. Joël Le Calvez, talks to us in particular about Petit Rosne in Sarcelles village and its history.

The Petit Rosne in Sarcelles village
The Petit Rosne in Sarcelles village © Radio France
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There is a risk of flooding as the river is sometimes constrained

You can also discover the Church in the heart of this village.

Joël Le Calvez, in front of the Saint Pierre Saint Paul church
Joël Le Calvez, in front of the Saint Pierre Saint Paul church © Radio France
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A gourmet break?

Our reporter takes us to the restaurant on “19.59” with Abdel Hafid, founding member of the restaurant.

Abdel Hafid, founding member of the restaurant “19.59”
Abdel Hafid, founding member of the restaurant “19.59” © Radio France
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The name of the restaurant came from the date 1959, which is the date of creation of the station and 7:59 p.m. is the time of our closing.

Not far from the train station, you can enjoy cold drinks for this summer. It is a place that has several vocations: to nourish the body and the spirit! Shelves with books are available inside the restaurant.

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Their specialty: the Koumpir! It is a stuffed potato that originated in Istanbul.

The famous “Koumpir”
The famous “Koumpir” © Radio France
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