France’s favourite village
The stories from France that have been making headlines, plus the latest reviews, travel news and dates for your diary, by Catriona Burns
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!