Solidarity in France : Inspiring Initiatives


To cope with the crisis, manufacturing and tourism companies in France are making inspiring solidarity gestures. We hope these original initiatives will inspire you! Feel free to contact us for more information. .


Gestures of solidarity are multiplying in Occitania, particularly in the tourism sector. These providers, who normally welcome travellers or develop products of excellence, put their generosity and ingenuity to the benefit of caregivers and the public.

The Gîtes de France of Lot offers vacations to caregivers

60 stays in guest rooms and lodges are already booked from July to November in the Lot department for caregivers who are fighting against coronavirus on the front line today, especially in the Grand Est and Paris regions. Solidarity and generosity, this original initiative is launched by the Gîtes de France in the Lot: : #gitesdefrance_lot #tourismelotdordogne #tourisme_en_occitanie

French jeans tailor since 1892 turns mask maker

Tuffery Jeans is the oldest French jeans manufacturer (since 1892) and an emblem of excellence in Occitania. Hidden in the heart of the Cevennes National Park, Tuffery is making protective masks since March 15th. The mask is not standardized "medical", but it is washable, and helps to protect against the virus. Did you know that denim, the contraction of “de Nîmes”, is the cotton fabric used in particular tomake jeans? Site web GB: Hashtags: @ateliertuffery @lozeretourisme @tourisme_en_occitanie Reseaux sociaux:

Hatmaker Crambes – from hat to mask

As the flagship of Caussade's know-how, Maison Crambes has embarked on the manufacture of masks made according to strict standards, from fabrics used for hats. These masks are reusable and offer nearly 99,5% perfect filtration! Caregivers have been the primary beneficiaries, but Crambes is beginning to meet the needs of businesses in other sectors.


In Normandy, several solidarity initiatives have emerged to support caregivers.

From famous Saint-James striped shirt to striped masks

Renowned for its marine clothing since 1889, Saint James has decided to act to support Norman hospitals. Since March 24, this textile company, located near Mont-Saint-Michel, has started producing washable and reusable 100% cotton knit masks. With the support of the dairy cooperative Isigny Sainte-Mère, which offered protective equipment, Saint-James was able to adapt its workstations to meet hygiene standards.  

Starred meals for caregivers

Under the leadership of chef David Gallienne, the starred restaurant Le Jardin des Plumes, located in the heart of the village of Giverny, has embarked on the preparation of meals for the healthcare staff. Over the past month, the chef and his tireless team have prepared 4 800 meals and traveled nearly 4 000 kilometers to deliver them to 3 hospitals in the area. More than 80 suppliers have joined the restaurant to provide the basic ingredients. An ever-popular recipe!

Le Jardin des Plumes Restaurant -  


Club Med Serre Chevalier donates food and masks

In the Alps, all ski resorts have closed their slopes from the beginning of the quarantine. Club Med Serre Chevalier, whose guests all left overnight, decided to donate large amounts of food to the local Red Cross. A week later, the alpine resort added a donation of 15 000 masks, distributed in local organizations. "It is a real pride to be able to help all the people who fight against this invisible enemy every day," said Aurore Sanchez, chef of the village, to the newspaper Le Dauphiné Libéé.


Rest on board in Paris and Bordeaux, thanks to CroisiEurope

On March 27, the cruise company CroisiEurope made its boat Botticelli available to hospital staff in Paris so that they can get some rest. The cruise line also distributed masks, gloves, and gels to hospitals in Strasbourg, where its head office is located. On April 10, the ship-owner reaffirmed its commitment by making a second ship available, this time in ** Bordeaux** . It is the MS Cyrano de Bergerac, a river vessel usually sailing on the Gironde, the Garonne, and the Dordogne. This operation allows caregivers mobilized against Covid-19 to have a comfortable and easily accessible place of sleep.

Bordeaux wine festival offers a great charity operation

Previously scheduled from June 18th to 21st 2020, the Bordeaux Fête le Vin event will not take place this year and will be postponed to June 17th - 20th, 2021. However, the organizers remain active. The Bordeaux wine industry and the Tourist Office are committed to supporting professionals in the Gironde hospitals, launching a large charity operation on the initial dates of Bordeaux Fête le Vin: Bordeaux wines say THANK YOU. Enriched by the donations of the wine actors in Bordeaux, an online auction will be open to the general public from June 15th to 20th. All the funds raised will be paid back to the hospitals in Gironde having been impacted by Covid-19.


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