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Year of the French


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A calendar of French life in 12 film portraits
The Seaside Hoteliers
The month: July
The people: Francoise and James Laporte
The place: La Rochelle
The Hotel Trianon - two-star, 18 rooms, with restaurant, and just a stone's throw from the beach-has been in Francoise Laporte 's family for three generations. Her husband James is not a trained hotetier, but now he's there full-time too.
The holiday season means hard work for the Laportes, who cannot afford a large staff. James has to buy the fresh seafood each morning, run the bar, and act as night porter. Francoise looks after the rooms and the restaurant, helped by her 80-year-old mother. While the holidaymakers enjoy the boating and beaches of the old harbour town of La Rochelle, the Laportes have no time to enjoy themselves. Even on 14 July, National Day in France, while their guests dance in the streets and watch the spectacular fireworks, they must go on working. Narrator MICHAEL DEAN
Film cameraman IAN STONE
Sound recordist SIMON WILSON Film editor CHARLES DAVIES
Series editor EDWARD MIRZOEFF Producer judi CONNER
(The Country Priest is on Fri at 8.30 pm) 0 HELP! page 95


Unknown: James Laporte
Unknown: Francoise Laporte
Unknown: Simon Wilson
Editor: Edward Mirzoeff

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