In France, the Mayor is a main figure of the population in most places.
On the 25th of June 2016, Gif-sur-Yvette, a little town of 20 000 inhabitants located 25 miles south-west of Paris, inaugurated the first bronze waymarks of the Camino in the Paris Region. The bronze marks exist in Belgium, in the Netherlands or in Germany and of course in French and Spanish cities. Strange enough, so far there were not any in the region of the French capital town.
In a simple way, without extra decorum, Mr Michel Bournat, mayor, made a speech about our Way of St James, a speech with which everyone agreed.
Hurray for the town of Gif-sur-Yvette !
The City Council and particularly Mrs Christine Laurent, have worked with some members of the local association to make sure the 54 bronze marks would look the same as elsewhere on the same path, and they would be put the right way.
Earlier in the morning she waited for a special group of walkers who had discovered the first bronze shell, and other things. Then she guided the whole party through the city centre as far as the last shell where later a welcome drink was offered. Explanations on the Saint Rémi church, the town hall, and the main park.
A great moment for a great Way of St James, the Paris Way !