Last night, 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 5 would greatly help the local tourist industry. The favourite village of the French people in 2016 is Rochefort-en-Terre in Brittany.
The Favourite Village of the French people in 2016
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 programme was extended to a seven minute feature.
- In 2012, Saint-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.
- Last year the village of Ploumanac’h in Brittany was the great winner of the competition.
- Last night, 155,551 people residing in France choose their favourite villages for 2016… here is the top 13:
#13: Courances (Île de France)
#12: Candes-Saint-Martin (Centre-Val-de-Loire)
#11: Plombières-les-Bains (Grand-Est)
#10: Sare (Aquitaine)
#09: Île de Béhuard (Pays de la Loire)
#08: Varengeville-sur-Mer (Normandy)
#07: Gordes (Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur)
#06: Nonza (Corsica)
#05: Vogüé (Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes)
#04: Arbois (Bourgogne-Franche-Comté)
Situated near the Fontainebleau Forest in the Île de France region, Barbizon is famous for its school of painters where Théodore Rousseau and Jean-François Millet resided.
#03: Rocamadour (Languedoc-Roussillon-Midi-Pyrénées)
Rocamadour suddenly appears clinging precariously against the cliff above the Alzou canyon. One of the most famous villages of Europe, Rocamadour seemingly defies the laws of gravity. The vertiginous Citadel of Faith is best summed up by an old local saying: “houses on the river, churches on the houses, rocks on the churches, castle on the rock”. A village to discover on our website!
#02: Montreuil-sur-Mer (Hauts-de-France)
Montreuil-sur-Mer is a fortified little town built on a promontory above the River Canches. Situated in the Hauts-de-France, Montreuil is famous for its ramparts from the 13th to the 16th centuries.
#01: Rochefort-en-Terre (Brittany)
The great winner of the 2016 edition of the competition is Rochefort-en-Terre in the Morbihan département. Rochefort-en-Terre is listed as one of France’s most beautiful villages by French association ‘Les plus beaux villages de France’.
The historic village was built on a rocky crest bordered to the North by the Landes de Lanvaux. Rochefort-en-Terre has a number of historic houses, a Collegiate church and a feudal castle originally built in the 13th century.
The favourite village of the French people in 2016: English-French Vocabulary
(f) for féminin, (m) for masculin, (adj) for adjective and (v) for verbs
- Brittany = Bretagne (f)
- channel = chaîne (f)
- to elect = élire (v)
- favourite = préféré(e) (adj)
- region = région (f)
- village = village (m)
- vote = vote (m)
- winner = gagnant (m)