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On Wednesday the 1st July 2020 a programme called “Le Village Préféré des Français” was shown on French TV channel France 3. 14 villages across France competed for the prestigious prize of the favourite village of the French people, knowing that reaching the top 3 would greatly help the local tourist industry.


About the favourite village of the French people

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

Saint-Vaast-la-Hougue © Benh LIEU SONG - licence [CC BY-SA 3.0] from Wikimedia Commons
Saint-Vaast-la-Hougue, Normandy © Benh LIEU SONG – licence [CC BY-SA 3.0] from Wikimedia Commons
  • In 2019Saint-Vaast-la-Hougue, in the département of Manche (Normandy), was elected as favourite village of the French people.
  • In 2020, the great winner was Hunspach, a village in the historic province of Alsace.

The 14 villages nominated for 2020:

  • 14 Cargèse (Corse-du-Sud), Corsica
  • 13 Giverny (Eure), Normandy
  • 12 Saint-Bertrand-de-Comminges (Haute-Garonne), Occitania
  • 11 Aubeterre-sur-Dronne (Charente), Nouvelle-Aquitaine
  • 10 Chablis (Yonne), Bourgogne-Franche-Comté
  • 9 Montfort-l’Amaury (Yvelines), Île-de-France
  • 8 Montpeyroux (Puy-de-Dôme), Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
  • 7 Trôo (Loir-et-Cher), Centre-Val de Loire
  • 6 Batz-sur-Mer (Loire-Atlantique), Pays de la Loire
  • 5 Pierrefonds (Oise), Hauts-de-France
  • 4 Pont-Aven (Finistère), Britanny
  • 3 Ménerbes (Vaucluse), Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur
Ménerbes Luberon Provence
The old village of Ménerbes © French Moments
  • 2 Les Anses-d’Arlet (Martinique), Overseas départements
Les Anses-d'Arlet © Mickaël BRUNO - licence [CC BY-SA 4.0] from Wikimedia Commons
Les Anses-d’Arlet
© Mickaël BRUNO – licence [CC BY-SA 4.0] from Wikimedia Commons
  • 1 Hunspach (Bas-Rhin), Grand Est
Hunspach in Alsace © French Moments
The village of Hunspach in Alsace © French Moments

The great winner of the 2020 edition of the contest is Hunspach in Alsace (part of the Grand Est administrative region).

The village of Hunspach is situated north of Alsace, in a region called “Outre-Forêt” (literally ‘beyond the forest’ – the forest being that of Haguenau). 

The village is famous for its beautiful white and neat half-timbered houses. Hunspach is also listed as one of France’s Most Beautiful Villages.

Photos of Hunspach, Alsace

Here’s a few photos that I took when visiting the village of Hunspach on a bright December day!

Hunspach, the 2020 Favourite Village of the French © French Moments
Hunspach, the 2020 Favourite Village of the French © French Moments
Hunspach, the 2020 Favourite Village of the French © French Moments
Half-timbered houses in Hunspach, Alsace © French Moments
Hunspach, the 2020 Favourite Village of the French © French Moments
Beautiful half-timbered house in Hunspach © French Moments
Hunspach, the 2020 Favourite Village of the French © French Moments
An inner courtyard, Hunspach, Alsace © French Moments
Hunspach, the 2020 Favourite Village of the French © French Moments
The 2020 Favourite Village of the French: Hunspach, Alsace © French Moments
Hunspach, the 2020 Favourite Village of the French © French Moments
Farm house in Hunspach, Alsace © French Moments
Hunspach, the 2020 Favourite Village of the French © French Moments
Shop sign in Hunspach, Alsace © French Moments
Hunspach, the 2020 Favourite Village of the French © French Moments
Beautiful half-timbered house in Hunspach, Alsace © French Moments
Hunspach, the 2020 Favourite Village of the French © French Moments
By the Christmas tree in Hunspach, Alsace © French Moments
Hunspach, the 2020 Favourite Village of the French © French Moments
The village souvenir store, Hunspach, Alsace © French Moments
Hunspach, the 2020 Favourite Village of the French © French Moments
The favourite village of the French people: Hunspach, Alsace © French Moments
Hunspach, the 2020 Favourite Village of the French © French Moments
By the Christmas tree, Hunspach, Alsace © French Moments
Hunspach, the 2020 Favourite Village of the French © French Moments
Most of the timbered houses date back to the 17th and 18th centuries, Hunspach, Alsace © French Moments
Hunspach, the 2020 Favourite Village of the French © French Moments
Hunspach, the 2020 Favourite Village of the French © French Moments
Hunspach, the 2020 Favourite Village of the French © French Moments
Hunspach, Alsace © French Moments
Hunspach, the 2020 Favourite Village of the French © French Moments
Geraniums in Hunspach, Alsace © French Moments
Hunspach, the 2020 Favourite Village of the French © French Moments
Half-timbered house in Hunspach © French Moments

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English-French Vocabulary

Hunspach, the 2020 Favourite Village of the French © French Moments
Geraniums in Hunspach, Alsace © French Moments

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

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

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About the author

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 the Discovery Course on the Secrets of the Eiffel Tower and the Christmas book "Voyage au Pays de Noël".

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