The disappearing world of French village life

The French affection for their little towns is tinged with guilt rooted in neglect

The village of Lignerolles in eastern France. Photograph: Jeff Pachoud/AFP/Getty Images

The village of Lignerolles in eastern France. Photograph: Jeff Pachoud/AFP/Getty Images

The most charming article I read last autumn was a short piece by Le Monde journalist Pascale Robert-Diard, titled “#ineverylittletown, tender and grave postcard from little France”.

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