France’s favourite vil­lage

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The Al­sa­tian vil­lage of Kay­sers­berg has been named as this year’s ‘Vil­lage préféré des Français’ by view­ers of the pop­u­lar France 2 pro­gramme.

More than 2.4 mil­lion view­ers tuned in to see the show on 13 June when, for the first time in the pro­gramme’s sixyear his­tory, view­ers voted live for their favourite French vil­lage.

Kay­sers­berg was fol­lowed by St-Valery-sur-Somme (Somme) and La Roque-Gageac (Dor­dogne) which were awarded sec­ond and third place re­spec­tively. It is the sec­ond time that a vil­lage in the de­part­ment of Haut-Rhin has won the ti­tle – Eguisheim was crowned the win­ner back in 2013.

Close to a thou­sand peo­ple turned up on Kay­sers­berg’s vil­lage square when the re­sult was an­nounced. If past win­ners are any­thing to go by, the vil­lage has a lot to cel­e­brate. Last year’s win­ner, Rochefort-en-Terre in Mor­bi­han has re­ported a 60% in­crease in tourists since it won in June 2016. It’s hoped that the same boost will be seen in Kay­sers­berg where 2,700 peo­ple live. Félic­i­ta­tions to them all!

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