During the confinement, the elected officials of Morez, a municipality in the Jura, had divided the tasks. The city had just bought a large house and it was a question of emptying and cleaning it in order to be able to reopen the shops on the ground floor and transform the floors into apartments. Some were on the ground floor when Martine Riallan, Director General of Services, began to empty the cupboards …
« I discovered them, says Martine Riallan, general manager of services at Parisian. To get rid of this house, which was full of all kinds of objects, from boxes full of socks to the collection of margarine boxes, we divided up the work with elected officials. I was on the second floor. I must have emptied about twenty bags before I came across these jars of pickles, these old cans of coffee, all in plastic bags, it was full of different packaging. But inside, it was crammed with coins. At the beginning, I didn’t think of gold, and then I saw the ingots… ”
A family of watchmakers without heirs
There were no less than five gold bars and more than 1,000 20-franc gold coins there, specifies The Voice of Jura. Or, after analysis, a nice nest egg of 500,000 euros. What to put a little butter in the spinach of the municipality, which was able to divulge the secret and officially add the sum to its accounts, during the last municipal council, on October 28.
« This house belonged to four brothers and sisters who never married. They lived a little sparingly and a little recluse ”, explained the mayor. According to Le Parisien, it was a family of watchmakers who did not find themselves a direct descendant when the last daughter died. The inheritance then happened to a distant cousin, who decided to sell without even worrying about the contents of the house. Double luck for the town, which has just launched a real estate program. Not only, she was able to buy the building for 130,000 euros and unearth the treasure which is entirely due to her.