Around the European commissioner for employment Nicolas Schmit and the 27 ministers, it’s a whole hive, which will buzz this Monday and Tuesday on the banks of the Garonne. Monday informally and Tuesday for the plenary and workshops to be held at the Palais de la Bourse. The postcard of this day will say nothing to the four Bordeaux residents out of ten who did not live in the city ten years ago. For others it will bring old memories to the surface. When Place de la Bourse was a giant car park. Security requires, it will be reopened to traffic to accommodate the official processions. “We did not quibble about this aspect”, slips a close friend of the environmentalist mayor. Because Bordeaux ardently wished to host this summit, even if it was informal. A way, in hollow, to display its flame for the European ideal.
The Élysée had to arbitrate dozens of applications. Also Pierre Hurmic put all the chances on his side by informing by text message this “dear Jean” Castex, the 1uh Minister. Because after having “chipougnés” on a TV set during the “tree door”, the two men met. It was a year ago in the mayor’s office, around a bottle of Chasse-Spleen. This perhaps explaining that, they formed a relationship. Connections on their disagreements, but that does not prevent an esteem tinged with reciprocal curiosity. They therefore exchanged their 06. The story does not say if an invisible hand slipped the Bordeaux file on the top of the pile, but the result is there.
Two days of summit is especially good news for hoteliers and restaurateurs. They will house, feed, whiten this little world. Most of the ministers will occupy their quarters at the Intercontinental, the palace located a few hundred meters from the Place de la Bourse. The members of the delegations will be accommodated in the hotels of the hyper center. Élisabeth Borne, the French Minister for Employment, Labor and Social Integration, will sleep at the Nesmond (private) hotel, which is in the top 5 of the most beautiful prefectural residences.