Bou­car Diouf falls for Dixville

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small and pic­turesque vil­lage of Dixville wel­comed spring with a very spe­cial event that the town’s cit­i­zens didn’t have much time to pre­pare for: the film­ing of an episode of the French lan­guage tele­vi­sion show La Pe­tite Se­duc­tion. “They ap­proached us about do­ing the show be­cause an­other town had just backed out, so we had only six weeks, in­stead of nine, to pre­pare for it,” ex­plained the mayor of Dixville, Martin Sain­don. As if that wasn’t chal­leng­ing enough, the town had only seven hun­dred res­i­dents from which to draw the vol­un­teers needed to think up and or­ga­nize the ac­tiv­i­ties, the cru­cial el­e­ment of the show that has a small com­mu­nity try­ing to win over a fa­mous per­son, some­what based on the Canadian movies of the same name.

As it turned out, it was a match made in heaven as the small, ru­ral farm­ing com­mu­nity was given the task of ‘se­duc­ing’ the co­me­dian/ sci­en­tist Bou­car Diouf, who grew up him­self in a small farm­ing com­mu­nity in Sene­gal. “We had great par­tic­i­pa­tion for the film­ing, lots of vol­un­teers and about one hun­dred peo­ple came out for the gath­er­ings. Bou­car was very per­son­able and charm­ing, and he loves lit­tle vil­lages,” said Mr. Sain­don.

Although Dixville may ap­pear to be a ‘sleepy’ lit­tle com­mu­nity, ap­par­ently there is a lot go­ing on there. Dur­ing the film­ing of the show, Mr. Diouf met with in­ter­est­ing Dixvil­lians such as se­niors who have lived there all their lives, the prin­ci­pal of the lo­cal el­e­men­tary school, young farm­ers, a woman who runs the lo­cal sawmill, and many more.

Af­ter learn­ing a lot about the town’s past, Bou­car got a glimpse of how and where the town would like to grow in the

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Bou­car re­ceiv­ing gifts at the fi­nal gath­er­ing with mayor Martin Sain­don to the left.

Photo Fred pho­to­graph

Dixville mayor Martin Sain­don (cen­tre) with La Pe­tite Se­duc­tion host Dany Tur­cotte and co­me­dian Bou­car

Diouf.

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