Monday, June 27, 2016

The region Aquitaine-Limousin-Poitou-Charentes renamed “New Aquitaine” – Le Parisien

L a big issue region of merging the regions of Aquitaine, Limousin and Poitou-Charentes is now called “New Aquitaine”, a name largely approved Monday in Bordeaux, by plenary assembly of the Regional Council chaired by the Socialist Alain Rousset.
“We now call + New + Aquitaine and we’ll each other and honor him,” said the head of the regional executive after vote endorsing the new name.
This term however only become official after validation by the State Council, which must issue an order later than 1 October.
“This word is + new + a way of looking to the future, “said Mr. Rousset front of 183 regional councilors.
the name” New Aquitaine “will be followed by the names of three former” regions sisters “Aquitaine-Limousin-Poitou -Charentes, under an amendment adopted EELV group before the final vote.
“the land of mixed water, we have to make them live and invigorate” said Alain Rousset.
The final vote was on a single resolution proposing to rename the old SALW and designate Bordeaux as capital of the new regional entity and as the seat of the Hotel de Region.
A working group, established in February 2016, had been commissioned to reflect the name of the new community, under the chairmanship of Anne-Marie Cocula, former president of University Bordeaux and former Vice President of the region. “The name is an umbrella brand. It will not erase the identities. It’s an anticipation choice,” she said Monday.
22 members, elected representatives and experts of the commission she chaired went from April to May to meet the inhabitants of the twelve departments. Meanwhile, an online platform recorded more than 41,000 proposals a year.
“The risk of being eaten + + by the Aquitaine” was the fear frequently expressed by the participants of the former regions Poitou-Charentes and Limousin, noted historian. Even if “the duchy of Aquitaine occupied the region as it is today,” she recalled.
Among the proposals apart, “Eleanor” in reference to Eleanor of Aquitaine, queen of Franks then England in the twelfth century, “has eliminated itself, for it is she who coined the divorce.” It would have been difficult to start a new project with such a story, “according to Ms Cocula .
the working group considered adding an adjective to Aquitaine: the name “Grande Aquitaine” had “claim to place themselves above others” and finally “New Aquitaine” was prevailed, because this name is “synonymous with rebirth,” according to the historian.


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