On the Somme and in Pas-de-Calais there is half a village on weekends

The essentials The village of Thièvres, located on the border between Pas-de-Calais and Somme, is half restricted for the four weekends of detention that have struck Pas-de-Calais against the heavy traffic of Covid-19.

In Thièvres you do not live in the same department depending on which side of the street you live on. The Pas-de-Calais is on one side of the street and the Somme on the other. A village that sees life twice: two town halls, two postcodes or two different phone codes. Only the church, the cemetery and the war memorial are common.

A double life that has become a mystery since the state decided to restrict all of Pas-de-Calais for four weekends. The department’s residents are only allowed to leave their homes for four weekends in urgent cases in order to limit the spread of the virus.

Result: one side of the village is limited but the other is not. “We walk carefully on the right sidewalk and on the right side of the street,” explained Amémie and Lucie La Voix du Nord. The mask is even imposed on the Pas de Calais side, but not on the Somme side.

For Carine Joui, mayor of the village on the Somme side, “the residents don’t pay attention. When we ask them where they live, they say Thièvres, not Thièvres Somme”.

A funny situation that has to last for the next three weekends.