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Bye bye Lucy...

Published April 16th, 2012

Lucy is a coal plant built in 1917 in the biggest French industrial area, near le Creusot. It was aimed at dealing with the increasing electricity demand created by the First World War and by the social changes of the 1920's. Since then Lucy has survived for almost a whole century and has been renovated in the 1940's then in 1971.

But French industry has been going downhill. The mines and the factories have been closed and Lucy is the only building that remains to remind us of that glorious industrial past. The inhabitants of the small town it has been built in, Montceau-les-Mines, are so used to it that they don't imagine their landscape without the huge white incinerator.

But the new ecological requirements have slowly forced most coal plants to close across Europe. Lucy is about to be closed too: it is too old, no longer profitable and cannot be replaced by anything else. Its 68 employees will find themselves unemployed. The industrial history of the place will die. Bye bye Lucy.. ...

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