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Boat graveyard at Kerhervy, Lanester, Morbihan, France (47°47’N, 3°17’W).Cherry trees, Bessenay area, Monts du Lyonnais, Rhône, France (45°46’N, 4°33’E).Airbus delivery area, Toulouse, Haute-Garonne, France (43°38’N, 1°22’E).
Map of the European Union in the courtyard of André Malraux high school, Montereau-Fault-Yonne, Seine-et-Marne, France (48°24’ N, 2°58’ E). Mussel farming in the Bay of Saint-Brieuc, Côtes d’Armor, France (48°30’N, 2°46’W).Trees in the middle of water near Taponas, Rhône region, France (46°07’N, 4°45’E).
Cleaning up fuel oil leaked from the tanker Prestige, Biarritz, France (43°40’N, 1°35’E).The Red Porphyry of Cap Seninu, Gulf of Porto, Corsica, France (42°19’ N, 8°35’ E). Olive harvest near Les Baux-de-Provence, Côte d’Azur, France (43°44’N, 4°47’E).
Punta di Rondinara, South of Porto Vecchio, South Corsica, France (41°28Tree plantation near Seix, Pyrenees, France (42°50’N, 01°30’E).Beach at Saint-Aygulf, near Saint-Raphaë, Côte d’Azur, France (43°24’ N, 6°44’ E).
Loisinord ski slope on a slagheap at Nœux-les-Mines, France (50°28Common seals in the Somme Bay, France (50°13’N, 1°31’E).Gulf of Murtoli, South Corsica, France (41°30’ N, 8° 54’ E).
Sperone Golf Club near Bonifacio, South Corsica, France (41°22AZF factory chimney after an explosion, Toulouse, France (43°36’N, 1°27’E).Catamaran in the Glénan archipelago, south coast of Finistère, France (47°43
Encampment near Dôme du Goûter mountain refuge, Mont Blanc, Haute-Savoie, France (45°49’N, 6°51’E).The Louvre and the Île de la Cité, Paris, France (48°52’N, 2°19’E).Marking in a field of GM maize in Grézet-Cavagnan, Lot et Garonne, France (44°23’N, 0°07’E).
Air Terminal 2, Roissy-Charles-de-Gaulle Airport, Val-d’Oise, France (49°00’ N, 2°35’ E).Low tide in the Gulf of Morbihan, Morbihan, France (47°34’N, 2°49’W). Oil tanker of society Euronav, Le NAMUR, Ushant, Finistère (48°32
Container ships of society CMACGM : le «MEDEA», Ushant, Finistère, France (48°46The trawler Caraïbes in the Iroise Sea off Ouessant Island, Finistère, France (48°25’ N, 5°05’ W).Dried cracked mud in Camargue, Bouches-du-Rhône, France (43°27’N, 4°34’O).




Loisinord ski slope on a slagheap at Nœux-les-Mines, France (50°28' N, 02°41' E).

It’s all there: skiers, ski lifts, and the cold. Only the snow is missing. But snow is rare anyway in the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region; it is replaced here by a green turf that is watered constantly to keep it slippery. At 1,050 feet (320 m) in length, Loisinord is Europe’s longest but by no means only synthetic ski slope. The United Kingdom has 110 of them, also built on the slag heaps produced by coal mining. The inhabitants of coal fields have clearly decided that rather than simply tolerating these mountains of waste, they should use them. By transforming the giant heaps into ski slopes, paraglider runways, amphitheaters, and even bird preserves, they have created tourist attractions in areas that only a few years ago were deserted by tourists. Thus, the Nord-Pas-de-Calais has become France’s sixth-most-popular tourist region. Tourism has even become the second-biggest employer, breathing new life into an area that suffered severe unemployment when the mines were closed.

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