The Tour de France will eventually be triggered on the 29th of August due to the coronavirus, but the city of Nice has kept the festivities planned on June 27, for the theoretical starting of this edition in this common.Has Nice, the Tour de France has been postponed, but not the launch party. (FANNY LECHEVESTRIER / RADIO FRANCE)
It is on Saturday, June 27, in Nice, that had to take place in the grand start of the 107th edition of the Tour de France cyclist. But the outbreak of coronavirus is passed through it and the Large Loop will start, finally, that in two months, on the 29th of August precisely. On the other hand, no carry-over for the feast to be held in Nice to celebrate the Tour. Place Massena, a terminal giant ticks the countdown. And even if the Fountain of the Sun has put his mask to remind people that the epidemic is still there, the tram is clad in gold.
Because this event is also hopeful for traders after more than two months of crisis, during which all the tourist economy has stopped.
As a symbol of the revival of the tourist economy
The Tower, it waits a little as the messiah, said Thomas, a restaurateur in the old Nice. “We hope it is going to rebooster a little economy, we looked forward to because you’re not evil lost during the crisis, there has been a bit of takeaway but it was a beautiful event.”
The Tour de France, I think it will be the beginning of the true recovery.Thomas, restauranteur Niceà franceinfo
Fabienne Rigourd resumes also hope, after having believed for a long time that his dream was going to collapse. “The city starts to dress in yellow shirts with red polka dots… We dreamed, and now it is here !”
The Tour de France has already been launched in Nice. J-65 with Bernard Thévenet sharp. pic.twitter.com/YDyku7PyBT
— Fanny Lechevestrier (@fannylechevestr) June 25, 2020
With Luc Salsedo, co-founder of the brand niçoise Socca Chips, they have launched more than a year in the crazy little project for local SMES to be part of the caravan of the Tour. A substantial investment in their budget. Then, at the end of June or end of August, they take, as long as the race is taking place.
“We staked everything on this Tour, it’s huge for us, for a small chips local. It was all thought out and organized ourselves because we don’t have the means to go through an agency that makes us all”, adds Fabienne. For his partner, no doubt, “it’s going to do good to all, it’s going to be a magic moment”. And even if it is still necessary to wear masks, they say, “we will have fun and enjoy it thoroughly”, the eyes that sparkle just think about the 29 August.