The summer of 1987 in Fontainebleau. Football, swimming… and demonstrations!


The first steps of the Fontainebleau-Melun Entente in the second division do not go as planned
The first steps of the Entente Fontainebleau-Melun in the second division do not go as planned ©YV/RSM77

The beginning of the summer of 1987 was marked by ulively controversy in Fontainebleau, concerning the guardrail project on the RN7, in the forest. If the goal is to ensure greater safety on the black spots of road safety in the forest of Fontainebleau, the defense associations are not of the same opinion. In The Republic of Seine-et-Marnethe newspaper title on the RN7 controversy. Their cry from the heart: “No to a disguised highway in the heart of the forest”. It is at the Obelisk that the various opponents of the project demonstrate, to demand that « traffic be limited by incentive or restrictive measures, in particular by promoting the use of motorways by users who move through the forest ». .

A highway in the middle of the forest

A tunnel even passes between the bends of Recloses and the Pavé-du-Roy. The point that poses the most concern is then the widening of the RN7. « We are resolutely against this enlargement decided without a prior impact study », protests Mr. Dayez, president of Fontainebleau Ecologie. It is simply monstrous to consider a four-lane road with a concrete separation as if it were an ordinary highway, and this, in the heart of a forest that is sufficiently damaged, desecrated from all sides and in a thousand ways”, storms Mrs. De Cosse-Brissac, president of the Friends of the Forest. A project that will finally see the light of day, with always, 35 years later, this same issue of crossings of the massif by vehicles.

The forest pool awaits guests
The forest swimming pool awaits customers ©YV/RSM77

Lighter, but no less important: in The Republic of July 27, the journalists report on the entry into the running of Entente MF 77, which is starting the French Football Championship in the second division. A championship that starts with the reception of Rouen, in front of 2,500 spectators. All the right ingredients were there to make the party great. A brand new stand, and after the match a sound and light show worthy of Bernard Tapie. But everything does not go as planned, with a defeat in the key: « This is what is called learning the second division ».

An old swimming pool

A protest movement against the RN7 guardrail
A protest movement against the RN7 guardrail ©YV/RSM77

In the heart of summer, the question of swimming pools also makes the headlines of the newspaper. If in Avon, we fill the hole of the old swimming pool of the “Dolly Sisters”, which formerly was a superb swimming pool where the American stars came to bathe, on the side of the station, the swimming pool of the forest recovers a health:” A hundred entries Wednesday August 19 “, rejoices the director. Good news at the heart of a season thwarted by rains and storms:  » Fifteen sunny days in July, and five days in August : a very bad season which caused the turnover to drop by almost 50% compared to last year”, undergoing competition from the less expensive pool at La Faisanderie. However, for 24 francs, the public had access to the swimming pool and its two open-air pools, and to the famous mini-golf for 20 francs more. « It’s expensive, some will say, but we must not forget that the swimming pool in the forest is private », comments the journalist, who assures that the swimming pool is « one of the most pleasant places to spend a moment of relaxation ».

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