Actively involved in a network of amateur meteorologists, Bernard Trouillet has put up a weather station on the roof of his pavillion, in the neighbourhood of Villevert in Senlis. He collects meteorological data that he streams in real time to Météo France in order to help improve official weather forecasts and contribute to a better understanding of climate plenomena.
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A wide smile, boundless energy and contagious cheerfulness, Marie Frémont is a student in jewellery at the Ecole Boulle in Paris. She explains with enthusiasm the craft in which she intends to make a career : working precious metals to create exceptional jewellery.
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Philippe Sage is a rock guitarist and a lover of radio. Today a journalist and host on the highway radio 107.7, he got his start in that field in the early 1980s, when free radios flourished in France, and never quit since then, living through the transformation of the radio landcape over three decades.
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An engineer with a passion for humanoid robotics, Cyril Jacquelin is the co-founder and president of LABio, a « fablab » located in Senlis, open to all, and allowing everyone to carry out scientific projects with a collaborative spirit. There you can find anything from a prototype artificial hand to an automated distributor of pet food.
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When Françoise Balossier was named the principal of Amyot d’Inville High School, six years ago, she gave herself one objective : to erase the stigma that is still often associated, in France, with vocational training and to make this high school, in its field, a place of excellence.
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Successively an adventurer in the Sahara, a students’ union leader, mathematician, IT systems architect, sociologist and creator of a cultural festival, Alain Bron is nowadays the working hands of L’Art en Chemin, an artistic trail from Trumilly to Senlis. He has never stopped being a writer, author of fifteen works, among which two literary prizewinners.
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Christine Bellier is a live summary of the French-speaking world. Born in Québec from a French father and a Belgian mother, she is a comedian and dedicates herself especially to the practice of dubbing : she « does » the French voice of many foreign actresses and cartoon characters.
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The son of farmers, Basile Piot knows all too well the hardships of the job. Still, he decided without the slightest hesitation to continue down that path, on the back of a strong conviction : it is possible to practice agriculture differently, to stick to the calling of farming the land while overhauling the way to do it.
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Stéphanie Lefebvre’s signature is first and foremost her voice. An expressive, vibrant voice, that was born from pop songs but today sings mostly to speak to the soul, as a musicotherapist and as a « folk praise » artist.
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A researcher in applied physics and chemistry, Jean-Michel Mataigne is also a chess player and the president of Senlis’ chess club. He likes hard thinking and reasoning, but also the part of intuition and surprise which makes for the beauty of a good game and of a good research.
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Audrey Escoubet is an airline pilot, soon-to-be captain, with Air France. She has forged her pilot calling through flying expeditions to the Canadian High North. As a child, she wanted to be a baker or a pilot ; the sky’s call won.
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A Franco-Irish youngster bursting with energy, Sébastien Toursel has already, at less than 25 years old, lived several lives : bartender from Brussels to Ibiza ; entrepreneur, founder of an e-commerce website born from his bartender's experience ; student, recently back home in Senlis to hone his skills in web marketing.
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Marie-Catherine Conti is an actress and director. Her passion is for theatre, working on texts and their interpretation, diction, listening, body language and that of scenery, lighting, costumes, to embody the voice of the author.
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« There is no really bad stuff going on here. We went close to it, but with the work we did, things settled down ». In Bonsecours, a modest neighbourhood of Senlis, Benoît Milandou has been dedicating himself for years to appeasing tensions between residents, talking to young people and their elder, advocating the community’s case to the institutions. With no other baggage than his citizen’s conviction and the confidence he gathers from his career as a professional soccer player.
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Amandine Ardouin is a bookseller because she loves books but first and foremost because she loves people. She threw herself into the adventure in 2008, at just 23 years old, taking over the management and then acquiring the Saint-Pierre bookshop in Senlis, half by family tradition and half for the sake of taking up the challenge.
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Heir to a tradition born in the 17th century with the first experts in the « cleaning up » of royal collections, Alain Bouchardon is an art restorer, and even one of the most prized ones, with a portfolio of customers throughout the world, made of museums, auction houses and art collectors.
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Cathy Le Mée is a world champion of « full contact », a combat sport which is practiced with feet and fists, halfway between karate and English boxing. She has been boxing since the age of five, with four to six hours of daily training, and is aiming for a new world title in 2017.
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Mario Luraschi is all at once Lucky Luke and D’Artagnan, Napoleon and James Bond. As a horse breaker and a stuntman, he has performed in over five hundred movies and doubled for the most famous actors in the most dangerous and acrobatic horseriding scenes of their cinematographic adventures.
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An engineer in physics and chemistry, a doctor in biology, Kalina Raskin is the general manager of CEEBIOS, the Senlis-based European Center Of Excellence in Biomimicry. She wants to reconcile nature and science, putting technique to work for humanity’s and society’s wellbeing.
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After having learned to cook from the greatest masters, Richard Baïma opened his restaurant, Le Julianon, in Senlis in 2007. For him, cooking is an act of sharing and generosity which mobilises not only our senses, but also our mind, to activate imagination around flavours.
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« No faults but so many vices. » This is how Georges Robert, borrowing from his wife, introduces himself with a smile. He is a hunter, a fisherman, a horserider, a horn player and a wildlife photographer.
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Valérie Kaufman speaks her mind. As she says of herself : « I dot the Is and cross the Ts. » In truth, she has no choice. Without this blend of energy and generosity, of strength and kindness, she would hardly be able to carry out the project for which she has fought for 15 years: making the district of Bon Secours a lively, active, sharing community.
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As far back as his memory serves, Loïc Blin has always wanted to work in sports. But he was far from anticipating that this passion would bring him to going to war in Afghanistan and then to becoming an entrepreneur, creating and managing a « crossfit » gym.
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Estelle Francès and her husband Hervé, both entrepreneurs and passionate about contemporary art, have assembled along the years an impressive collection of paintings, drawings and sculptures. They have now decided to open it up to the public so that art may fully play its role in society, a ferment of reflection, debate and curiosity.  
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At just 30 years old, Marc Sacrispeyre is the tenured organist of Senlis’ cathedral. The organ is to him a living instrument, synonymous with freedom for the leeway it gives to improvisation. It is also a fantastic space for innovation as digital technologies open novel possibilities in the service of the instrument's restoration.
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From the restoration of Senlis' historical heritage to the great widening project of the Seine-Nord canal, Claude du Granrut has dedicated herself to politics for the sake of delivering projects that change people's lives. And to show that women are living up to the responsibilities that they take.
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« I’ve done a lot of stupid things », he says in a half-disapproving, half-nostalgic tone. Ruddy Rabbé has turned a page on his tumultuous youth to become a stonecutter, by family tradition, and a mechanic restoring classic cars, by passion.
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Born in Portugal, living in France for more than 20 years, Maria Pereira modestly embodies grassroots Europe. A journey that began with the trials of immigration but then turned towards experiencing first hand the making of a European citizenship.
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Christian Baker is an IT expert with a degree in political science. Combining his technical knowledge with his political values, he decided to create a “Coder Dojo”, a coding initiation workshop to help young people master the digital technologies that are invading their lives.
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At 92 years old, Madeleine Chéry is a living memory of Senlis, where she was born and has always lived. As the constable of a company of archers dating back from the XVth century, she embodies the oldest traditions of the city.
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Nicolas Bilot is a young archaeologist in charge of coordinating the excavations of the medieval castle of Montépilloy. He searches day after day for the traces of our past. For him, the Valois region, at the heart of the historical Ile-de-France, is an exceptional playing field, with lots of discoveries still to be made.
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2008 is the year when Sophie Reynal created her business, Allia Finance. But 2008 is also the year of the big earthquake that shook the world of finance. So retrospectively, you wonder what a strong character it called for to go into the adventure of financial entrepreneurship by yourself, precisely at that moment, while the storm was still raging.
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Jacques Guilbert is a physician but his passion goes to writing. Thirteen novels to his name so far, none of them published yet. You might as well say that he writes less to be read than to explore the human condition and give free rein to his imagination.
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In a society that is readily called selfish, Liliane Germini embodies a discreet but permanent form of altruism. At work as in her multiple voluntary commitments, she is one of those who think of others before thinking about themselves.
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One is blond-haired, the other one is brown-haired. One is an agronomist, the other one is a biologist. Martin and Samuel Vanlerberghe are twins, quite different but united in a shared project: developing a traditional micro-brewery in their village of Montagny-Sainte-Félicité
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Sabine Saïd loves children. Hers of course, but also yours, mine, all children. She is a teacher just as she could have been a paediatric nurse, dedicated to giving young ones the strength to grow.
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Between the four walls of a basement room, Pierre Biol composes electronic music that appeals to enthusiasts everywhere in the world. His ambition: matching rap music with the Indonesian “gamelan” tradition
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Laurence Welten's personal journey is the story of a lonely teenager, a bit of a rebel, short-tempered, who becomes friends with a wild horse. It takes her six months to get to stroke him, three more months to get a halter around its neck. The next chapters flow straight from there.
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With his booming voice, wrestler’s body, a strong personality and hard head, Patrick Biraud is first and foremost a fireman. A voluntary fireman, just like his father and his grandfather before him.
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Sylvie Desaleux’s practice looks like a flea market, a cutting-edge technology warehouse and a witch’s cave, all at once. Sylvie has been a physiotherapist for thirty-six years; she is an Epicurean, passionately caring for people
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