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Rugby World Cup.  “Super” and “Welcome”: English supporters are fans of Lille!

Rugby World Cup. “Super” and “Welcome”: English supporters are fans of Lille!

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On Saturday September 23, 2023, English and Chilean supporters used the city of Lille before the match between their national teams. ©Hervine Mahaud

“Beautiful, beautiful, friendly”… English fans Don’t be stingy with compliments City of Lille. Along with family and friends, they came in large numbers to support their team against them chile, During the match scheduled for 5:45 p.m Pierre Mauroy Stadium has Villeneuve d’Ascq. A meeting followed by rugby news.

At lunch time we went to interview some supporters, Rihor And on Grand Place. And ultra positive qualifications Capital of Flanders What we hear is truly mind-blowing.

Englishmen and Chileans alike, the opinions are unanimous

The English supporters took advantage of the host city before the XV demoralized De La Rose. At noon, it was difficult to hear any language other than Shakespeare’s because of our neighbors on Lily Terrace.

What is immediately striking is the good-natured atmosphere that reigns on the streets. We meet a lot of groups of friends, and most of all, a lot of families. We know that rugby was born in England and the game is anchored in the lives of many English people.

Caitlin and her little brother William are visiting the Flanders capital for the first time.
Caitlin and her little brother William are visiting the Flanders capital for the first time. ©Hervine Mahaud

This is Caitlin, 27 years old, with her little brother William, 18 years old. While this is the young man’s first time in France, the young woman has already been to other cities such as Marseille and Paris. “It’s my first time in Lille, it’s amazing, I love the buildings! It’s my favorite city! » Sister and brother from Surrey, near London, praised the hospitality of the people of Lille, “It’s better than Paris! »

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The family hails from Ipswich, which is twinned with Arras.
The family hails from Ipswich, which is twinned with Arras. ©Hervine Mahaud

A few meters away, in Place Rehour, a family from Ipswich, north-east London, twinned with Arras, is finishing lunch. “You have a very beautiful city, we eat well there and we are well received,” sums up Stephen, 63. He and his family stayed at the Bull’s Hotel in Czechlin, an “unbelievable experience!” » They have fond memories of the meal they had the day before at the hotel restaurant, Auberge du Forgeron. And especially dessert, “pastry with lemon, meringue and ice cream. It was melting like a cloud.”

These friends from London and Birmingham loved Lille.
These friends from London and Birmingham loved Lille. ©Hervine Mahaud

All patrons we met were unanimous on the French cuisine: “unbelievable”, incredible. Like these five friends, dressed as medieval knights, met in the Rugby Village of Grand Place. “We eat a lot of croissants and pain or chocolate!” Here, they are not so good! »

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They are also obsessed with buildings. “The architecture is very beautiful, we love Lille. It’s more beautiful than England,” assures Ed Drake-Lee. Finally, in terms of atmosphere, there is also. “Even the Chileans are cool!” »

For this Chilean family, Lille is a city
For this Chilean family, Lille is a “sweet, beautiful and friendly” city. ©Hervine Mahaud

In the minority, because of the distance, some Chileans who met this Saturday took advantage of the capital of Flanders. For this family, it’s Flemish stew for lunch. “Delicious!” » Before the competition, they took the opportunity to admire the architecture of the buildings of Lille, the “beautiful city”.

With all these accolades, the capital of Flanders definitely wins the competition for the most beautiful cities in France today!

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