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Saint-Etienne, summer 2007.

Walking from the centre of town to the Couriot shaft (now museum of the Mine), I was in the Saint-Ennemond area, above the Comedie (theatre).

Franche-Amitié street ("real friendship street" if we translate) I saw this closed café. Actually, the grocery on its side was closed too. Looking around, it was all the area that was dilapidated, abandoned... at 2 feet of the commercial centre of town.

Maybe a symbol of the difficulties of Saint-Etienne since the end of the XXth century, when Manufrance closed (1986) and also the coal mines of the Houillères de la Loire (the last shaft closed in 1983).
This economic decline had demographic consequences : from a city of 226 000 inhabitants in 1968, we arrived at 201 000 in 1990 and 177 000 in 2004.

nowadays, big redevelopment projects (Design centre, business centre, high schools settlement...) and renovation works seem to indicate a revival of the city.

(in workshop, the grocery next to the café).

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