Working In A Coal Mine

Photography : Guillaume COLLANGES    

On September 20, 2003 the town of Freyming-Merlebach, headquarters of the Houillères du Bassin de Lorraine (HBL), celebrated the end of coal-mining activity. The Lorraine mines were the last still in operation in France, and had their heyday from the end of the War through the 1950s. Of the 45,000 miners who worked there then, only 5,000 were left. International competition and choices made regarding energy policy spelled the end of one ( more ...)