The Orangerie zoo has lived its last moments: the city of Strasbourg will transform it into an educational park. Also on the menu of the France 3 Alsace newscast, the Rhine ring is preparing for the WTCR World Cup and Racing is preparing to meet Monaco.
In Strasbourg, walkers stroll past the cages of the Orangerie zoo for the last time. On this Friday, August 5, the place is living its last moments before its final closure. The municipality intends to transform it into an educational park, to the delight of associations for the defense of animal welfare. The city wants to organize observation trails for other animals to allow wildlife to roam freely in the park.
Far from their land of origin, the animals lived to the rhythm of visits. Most of the cages and enclosures are empty, because about sixty animals have already left for other parks. Those who remain have not yet found a base, one of the unintended consequences of the war in Ukraine. Indeed a lot of structures in Europe have blocked places to accommodate priority Ukrainian animals that had to be evacuated.
While the temperature continues to reach peaks, the water market is under tension in Alsace. Returnable glass bottles, intended for restaurateurs, are not numerous enough. Restaurateurs are reluctantly putting plastic back on tables. At the sources of Soultzmatt (Haut-Rhin), this shortage can be explained in several ways.
Nine million returnable bottles are in circulation. This year, they are struggling to return to the warehouse, making stock renewal more complicated. This absence of glass bottles is also linked to the high temperatures which appeared in May and to an increase in consumption. With longer and hotter summers, Lisbeth water should increase its stock of glass bottles next year.
Still in this theme, faced with episodes of heat wave, one can wonder how to garden differently. Possibly by creating vegetable gardens that are more water-efficient, more resistant and more nourishing. In this approach, the city of Strasbourg has opened its first pilot plot in family gardens, so that interested parties can draw inspiration from it. A natural garden, dotted with little tricks and original ideas.
Here the grass is only mown in places, the plantations are based on green and brown waste. Crop rotation is practiced and the results highlight water savings, an absence of chemicals, and less maintenance work, all for improved production. With this show garden, the city does not want to constrain, but to provide everyone with a place where people can get information.
It takes more than scorching heat to discourage the most fervent supporters of Racing Club de Strasbourg. The blue jerseys brighten up the surroundings of the Meinau stadium, where nearly a hundred people are waiting to attend training. Players pass through a guard of honor before reaching the field. The Meinau stadium is sold out for the match on Saturday August 6 against Monaco, which will mark the start of the season.
The best pilots in the world will compete on the Alsatian circuit of the Rhine ring in Biltzheim (Bas-Rhin) for the fifth season of the WTCR: the FIA World Touring Car Cup. The two Alsatian drivers Yvan Muller and Yann Ehrlache will not take part in this event, but even without the regionals of the stage, the fervor of motor sports enthusiasts remains intact. The mechanics are busy making the final adjustments so that twelve of the best drivers in the world can compete on the 3.6 kilometer circuit. More than 5,000 spectators are expected, but it is also possible to follow the race on France 3 Alsace from 5:50 p.m. on Sunday August 7.
Lay-Saint-Christophe (Meurthe-et-Moselle) has a rich heritage of eighteen fountains, fed by natural springs. If the fountains are worth a refreshing little circuit, there is another reason for this walk. You will come across people looking for diatoms: single-celled microscopic organisms. Their size is between 10 and 100 microns and they thrive in natural waters. An unconditional student studies them in his laboratory set up at home. He has even just officially discovered nine new species.