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Last Updated: 15 June 2017


This week, the popular programme “Le Village Préféré des Français” was presented by Stéphane Bern on French TV channel France 2. Thirteen villages across France were competing for the prestigious prize, knowing that reaching the top 3 would greatly help the local tourist industry. The favourite village of the French people in 2017 is Kaysersberg in Alsace.

The Favourite Village of the French people in 2017

Lourmarin © French Moments

The 13 regions of mainland France had entered a village to the competition, all of them having in common a rich historic and cultural heritage.

From 2012 to 2015 there were 22 villages in competition corresponding to the 22 administrative regions of France. From 2016 the number of villages was reduced to 13 to reflect the new territorial division of the country. From an initial four-minute report per village, the 2016 and 2017 programmes were extended to a seven minute feature.

Village of the French people in 2016
Rochefort-en-Terre, the favourite village of the French people in 2016 © Selbymay – licence [CC BY-SA 3.0] from Wikimedia Commons
  • In 2012Saint-Cirq-Lapopie, in the département of Lot (Midi-Pyrénées), was elected as favourite village of the French following a vote in which more than 130,000 people joined on the Internet.
  • In 2013, the great winner was Éguisheim, a village set on the Alsace Wine Route.
  • Then, in 2014 the chosen village was Cordes-sur-Ciel in the Midi-Pyrénées region.
  • In 2015, the village of Ploumanac’h in Brittany was the great winner of the competition.
  • In 2016, another Breton village won the competition: Rochefort-en-Terre.
  • The favourite village of the French people in 2017 was Kaysersberg in Alsace, representing the Grand-Est region…

Here is the top 13 of the 2017 edition:

#13: Montchauvet (Île de France)

#12: Gargilesse-Dampierre (Centre-Val-de-Loire)

#11: La Garde-Adhémar (Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes)

#10: Bèze (Burgundy)

#09: Lagrasse (Occitanie)

#08: Sant’Antonino (Corsica)

#07: Lourmarin (Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur)

#06: Bellême (Normandy)

#05: Pyriac-sur-Mer (Pays de la Loire)

#04: Moncontour (Brittany)

#03: La Roque-Gageac (Nouvelle Aquitaine)

Village of the French people in 2017 La Roque-Gageac
The village of La Roque-Gageac in Périgord Noir © French Moments

La Roque-Gageac is one of our favourite villages in Périgord Noir. The riverside village was built by the Dordogne River against a towering limestone cliff. This unique setting of narrow, peaceful streets and cliff-dwellings also enjoys a subtropical microclimate. A village to discover on our website!

#02: Saint-Valery-sur-Somme (Hauts-de-France)

Rue des Moulins Saint-Valery-sur-Somme © LucasD – licence [CC BY-SA 4.0] from Wikimedia Commons

Saint-Valery-sur-Somme is one of the three historic harbours of the Somme Bay. Situated in the Somme département, the village is a very popular touristic site due to its medieval character. With its ramparts, old coloured houses and Gothic parish church, Saint-Valery-sur-Somme is worth a visit.

#01: Kaysersberg (Grand-Est)

Village of the French people in 2017
Kaysersberg: the favourite Village of the French people in 2017 © French Moments

The great winner of the 2017 edition of the competition is Kaysersberg in the Haut-Rhin département.  Kaysersberg is situated on the picturesque Alsace Wine Route.

The historic village was built below the medieval castle that once commanded the route from Alsace to Lorraine. In its historic centre Kaysersberg has a number of fine half-timbered houses, a beautiful parish church and many Renaissance fountains. A village to discover on our website!

The favourite village of the French people in 2017: English-French Vocabulary

Lourmarin, Provence © French Moments

(f) for féminin, (m) for masculin, (adj) for adjective and (v) for verbs

  • Brittany = Bretagne (f)
  • channel = chaîne (f)
  • competition = compétition (f)
  • to elect = élire (v)
  • favourite = préféré(e) (adj)
  • region = région (f)
  • village = village (m)
  • vote = vote (m)
  • winner = gagnant (m)

Have you been to some of these villages in France? Let us know about your visit by commenting below!

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Pierre is a French/Australian who is passionate about France and its culture. He grew up in France and Germany and has also lived in Australia and England. He has a background teaching French, Economics and Current Affairs, and holds a Master of Translating and Interpreting English-French with the degree of Master of International Relations, and a degree of Economics and Management. Pierre is the author of Discovery Courses and books about France.

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