Mulhouse and its agglomeration. The past week in our notes and letters from readers

Aspach’s Christmas tree split when it was put on the truck. Place des Victoires will have to wait a few more days before being decorated for Christmas. DR

November 15: my beautiful Christmas tree, we’ll be waiting for you!

My beautiful Christmas tree… Mulhouse will have to wait a few more days to welcome the king of the forests, place des Victoires…
The one that the City was to have Aspach picked up on Monday could not bear to leave his place of birth… He “cracked”, or at least cracked, when he was placed on the truck by the teams of the National Forestry Office.
One of his cousins ​​is available in Heimsbrunn… He will be sought out this week and then installed in the place of honor of the city of Bollwerk, place des Victoires (he arrived on site on Monday November 21, editor’s note). Still in time, for the start of the festivities on Thursday November 24, the opening day of the Mulhouse Christmas market, and for the first Sunday of Advent, November 27…


November 16: the incredible Mr. Schlöndorff

Many moviegoers have been marked – even traumatized! – by The drumVolker Schlöndorff’s most famous film, Palme d’or 1979, tied with Apocalypse now. German director of Lost Honor by Katharina Blumof the Three Lives of Rita Vogt and other notable films, is not known for the lightness of the subjects he tackles and his sense of the hilarious joke. By going to meet this great master of cinema from across the Rhine, who came to present Move of mercy Saturday evening at the Bel-Air cinema, we expected to come across an austere and intimidating character. Surprise then: seated in the hall of the cinema for a casual dinner, the guest of honor of the Augenblick festival is smiling and approachable. Curly eye and impeccable French, he has multiplied the anecdotes. How Marguerite Yourcenar – whose novel inspired her Move of mercy — demolished his film in an 18-page letter. How Bergman sent him a telegram to tell him he liked it very much – “but I think he especially liked ‘Margarethe’ very much in this film”[Von Trotta, qui fut son épouse et comédienne fétiche]; how Billy Wilder, baffled by the complexity of the coup de grace, explained to him that, to make a good film, the best was still “a simple story in a simple context”. Not too much like Schlöndorff… This Saturday evening, however, the great director showed that he knew how to be simple and could make a whole room smile. Danke schön Herr Schlöndorff…


Shooting at City Hall. Photo Alsace/Thomas WAGNER

Shooting at City Hall. Picture Alsace

/Thomas WAGNER

November 17: “Mulhousez-vous” sold out!

“Mulhouse I believe in it”, the “independent citizen” association that brings together all those who believe in Mulhouse, supported by Frédéric Marquet, who is also a retail manager, has always known how to rethink itself and create a buzz, to use a term the fashion. This Tuesday evening, she tested a new, perilous exercise: a Facebook program recorded “like on television”. In an unusual place, the mythical former Room of Safes, reopened, after a long break, under the new name of City Hall, cameras were installed and the partners of the association, shopkeepers and/or simple Mulhousiens played the game, and the role of spectators but also active witnesses of what is happening in Mulhouse. This filming of Mulhousez-vous lasted an hour, under the conditions of a real-fake live, since the program will be broadcast soon on the association’s website and its Facebook page. It will be structured around short sections, interviews, testimonials, reports and vox pops. A concept offered twice a year, like a collection, in spring-summer and autumn-winter. Another way to see, sell and understand the city of Bollwerk.


November 19: a complicated Monday in kindergartens

The Atsem, the territorial agents specialized in nursery schools, continue their social movement started at the start of the 2022 school year and marked in particular by four demonstrations in September, open letters and a petition (our previous editions).
The CGT Ville de Mulhouse has filed a new strike notice for its agents, for this Monday, November 21. The Atsem seem determined and are taking to the streets again, and in particular under the windows of the town hall, rue Pierre-et-Marie-Curie, with an appeal launched at 10 a.m. to parents for support.
The movement “will impact all Mulhouse kindergartens”, warns the union. Families will no doubt have to organize themselves for the care of the little ones if the class cannot be provided by the only teacher. Through the CGT Ville de Mulhouse, the agents still claim: “one Atsem per class and a solid replacement team, 70 € net monthly immediately, recognition of the arduous work and two days of staggering leave”.

November 23: beware of fake calendar sellers!

It’s the season: firefighters, postmen or garbage collectors take turns at our doors to present their calendars to us against our good wishes which generally result in a ticket.
But as always, some crooks take advantage of the opportunity to also ring the doorbell, preferably at the elderly, to extort a few euros from them.
This mishap happened to Jean-Louis, 88, and Denise, 85, who live near Tivoli Park in Mulhouse.
“Someone opened the door to the building for him,” explains Jean-Louis. “He was dressed as a garbage collector with a relatively dirty orange-yellow jumpsuit. When I arrived my wife had already given him €10 and he gave her a calendar. But we realized later that it was a 2022 calendar.”
Already last year, a man had come to this couple to ask for the room. “He didn’t even have a calendar. But my wife has her heart on her sleeve…”
Jean-Louis is nevertheless aware of the danger of such visits. “It could be thieves scouting. It would take regulations to be able to identify them. At least the firefighters come in uniform! »

November 24: “Green Friday” vs. “Black Friday”

Friday, “Black Friday” day in many textile shops. But at the Relais-Est, the customers of the eleven Label Fripe and Léopard shops (Mulhouse, Morschwiller-le-Bas, Wittenheim, etc.) did not cross the doorstep to take advantage of the sales, but to take part in “Green Friday”! This Friday, November 25, 10% of the turnover of the day of the eleven shops was indeed to be donated to the association RespectOcean.
“240,000 tonnes of plastic microparticles are released into the oceans each year, generated by the maintenance of synthetic clothing and the textile industry is responsible for 20% of industrial water pollution (source Ademe). So we don’t think any longer and we mobilize! “, explain the managers of the cooperative and participatory society (Scop) of Wittenheim, which today has 170 employees, 40% of whom are in integration.

November 26: an increase in charges but still no heating

A rant. This is what Léa, a Mulhousienne, wants to convey, lifted by the situation of her in-laws, living in rue de la Doller, in Illzach, in accommodation belonging to Habitats de Haute-Alsace: “On November 21, they still had no heating! This would be due to a breakdown…” When she calls the lessor, she has the feeling of being taken on high and gets the only answer that someone is going to “come and see”. Only, the inhabitants do not see anything coming. Even though, since October, the charges have increased by €100! At a time when temperatures are dropping, the situation revolts her.
Beyond the minimum information to which she believes she is entitled, Léa finds “inadmissible to leave people aged 70 without heating by 4° at night, while taking increased rent and charges”. She also thinks of her in-laws’ neighbors, perhaps older people or infants. Above all, she points to a degraded building, apartments that she compares to “colanders”. “People who live in these accommodations already don’t have a lot of means, but there, in addition, they have to buy auxiliary heaters! For her, it’s really a double jeopardy.

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Mulhouse and its agglomeration. The past week in our notes and letters from readers