The city councilors of the Var commune did not expect to receive such a check, signed with such a name.
In October 2021, floods swept over the Var department and disfigured, among other things, the pretty little town of Val.
No casualties were reported, but several homes were nevertheless devastated and the town suffered significant material damage.
Not enough to seek direct state aid, but substantial enough for Le Var and its approximately 4,200 inhabitants.
The situation then reaches the ears of a new neighbor with a heart as large as the wallet: George Clooney.
The Hollywood star had just moved a few months earlier to Brignoles, the former capital of the Counts of Provence and, incidentally, the neighbor of Val.
He hears about the bad weather that has hit the town, already particularly affected by major floods in 2019, and decides to put his hand in his pocket.
His discreet outpouring of generosity amounted to 20,000 euros.
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Kept secret for more than a year, this unexpected sponsorship allowed the municipality of Val to relocate several victims for six months,
"the time to clean their house, to get back in working order too"
, indicated to France Bleu Mayor Jeremy Giuliano.
The city councilor unveiled this week the story of the mysterious sponsor who supported Le Val in the fall of 2021, thanking the
“very charming and very beautiful
” gesture of George Clooney, reports
The aid provided to the Var commune is not the first humanitarian largesse of the actor.
In the summer of 2021, George Clooney also intervened alongside the victims of a village located around Lake Como, in northern Italy, following historic floods.
"He was really upset and said he wanted to help,"
Laglio mayor Roberto Pozzi
Times in July.
He came directly to the town hall to see what had happened and we went around the damage.
By chance, the actor also owned a house nearby.