Lorraine: our five good news and great stories in 2021 in the region

Karateka Steven Da Costa, Cat Gribouille and Anna were at the heart of a beautiful story in Lorraine in 2021. (©Wikimedia/DR)

Once again, this has been a trying year in so many ways, with everyone wondering when the end of the tunnel will come.

The fault on multiple occasions of Covid-19 and restrictions never really lifted, preventing the public from resuming a completely normal life.

However, in this year 2021 which could seem quite gloomy, several good news and positive information have emerged. We take stock of the best that has happened in Lorraine.

Christmas markets, events, reopening of bars and restaurants …

After starting the year under curfew with bars and restaurants closed and hardly any cultural events on the program, we were able to gradually return to life before.

We can remember the reopening of the terraces then the establishments, but also and above all the return of cultural events.

We can cite the Christmas markets, Constellations or the Hop Hop Hop festival in Metz (Moselle), the feasts of St. Nicholas, the Meeting place Stanislas or the Nancy Jazz Pulsations at Nancy (Meurthe-et-Moselle)

Steven Da Costa Olympic karate champion

This is one of the main sports news of the year for our region: an athlete from Lorraine won one of the ten French gold medals at the Tokyo Olympics.

Steven Da Costa, from Mont-Saint-Martin (Meurthe-et-Moselle) won the title in karate in the under 67 kg category, on August 5.

The beautiful story of Gribouille and all the animal adoptions of the year

Adopting an animal, when it is placed in a refuge, often allows it to make a new start in life or to end its days peacefully. Among all the calls for adoption Lorraine News relayed this year, it is undoubtedly that of Gribouille who touched you the most.

This 20-year-old cat, placed in the SPA ofAmance (Meurthe-et-Moselle), has found a new home. Its new owner, Mary-Rose, had granted us an interview to explain his choice.

Of course, we do not forget all those who found a new family this year: the Charmander and Squirtle kittens, the dog Pirlo, or even all those who left a shelter this year, such as Globule, Malibu, Coca, Loulou, Booba, Chico …

Employment, trade… A promising year at the regional level

In 2021, the arrivals of several new commercial brands in the region have been announced. By 2022, the public will be able to experience these stores that cut prices like Mere in Thionville, Normal in Metz and Nancy …

At the same time, the Actisud ZAC, south of Metz, awaits the inauguration of the Roundabout, an XXL indoor leisure area which will make the whole area the largest indoor leisure area in France. There will be a cafe for dogs, a bar with ax throwing and karaoke, an escape game, a laser game …

In terms of employment, if the arrival ofAmazon on the Frescaty plateau has largely divided, it will have allowed the creation of several hundred jobs, with the objective of reaching 1,000 positions over three years, without forgetting the logistics centers. This establishment has notably enabled the Grand Est to be the French region which has done the best in terms of the ratio of job losses / creations before and after the start of the health crisis.

A happy end for Anna, who was undocumented for a while

Finally, among all the people arriving from abroad who struggle on a daily basis to be in a regular situation in the eyes of the French State, there is Anna.

This Armenian, residing in Metz with her French partner Christophe, found herself without papers due to the length of the procedures to regularize her situation.

But after a long obstacle course recounted in mid-August, Anna had finally received a receipt while waiting to be able to obtain a resident card.

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