Does this sound familiar? From Saturday's Guardian1
Pierre Cardin, the millionaire Paris fashion designer and businessman who has spent millions restoring the castle, is trying to turn the village into a "St Tropez of culture". After establishing his own music festival, he has started buying up scores of cottages and buildings in the village of 430 people.
The ageing couturier says he wants to "leave his mark" by turning Lacoste into a refuge for world artists, complete with luxury hotels, a top restaurant, a de Sade cafe and a piano bar.
But the French are revolting! There is a feeling in the fillage that his plans are ruining the community. If they truly do hound you out with pitchforks and torches Pierre, come to Folkestone. Perhaps a bit of competition from another quarter will speed our seafront development up a bit.
I thought we already were the St Tropez of culture anyway?
This is my site The FG that I built in a frenzy of excitement when I first moved to Folkestone in approximately 2004. I had been a frequent visitor for a few years before that so I am technically one of those Down From Londons you get now. The site was updated more frequently with a gig calendar and voting for favourite places and things, and I know it was a handy resource for those who were moving here. Now I've moved out of Folkestone again (though only to Hythe) it doesn't get as much love as it used to. Ironic really as The town is now becoming the exciting place we always thought it was just about to. My name is not Gerald by the way, the name comes from a fake paper in an episode of Brasseye or something, the Portsmouth Gerald, + how there is a local paper here called the Folkestone Herald. Puns like this are great aren't they? Do get in touch if you have anything to offer, email anythign @ this domain, or try @folkestone or @pauly on Twitter.