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Saint-Cirque-Laboby, the first happy “French favorite village”

Attendance at Saint-Cirq-Lapopie has doubled and remains stable at 800,000 visitors per year since 2012. Julian / Adobe Stock

Heritage – On the series’ 10th anniversary, Stéphane Bern of Sanseri presents his new competition for France’s Most Beautiful Cities. The town of Lot, Saint-Cirque-Lapopie, winner in 2012, continues to benefit from the effects of its victory. The French’s favorite villagenot to be missed on Wednesday, June 29 at 9:10 pm in France 3.

On June 26, 2012, 4.7 million viewers witnessed the triumph of Saint-Cirq-Lapopie, a charming historic village overlooking the Lot, the darling of surrealist poet André Breton and many artists. At the tourist office, contacts with the site jump from 300 to 6000 visits per day. Stephen Bern recalls: We tried the French Favorite House very individually, but felt we had something strong with the French Favorite Village. I saw tradition, joy, and pride in the people in defending their heritage. In this field, I realized the importance of preserving this remarkable heritage of beauty and richness. It is also the only edition with its stamp (issued in 900,000 copies), which allows villages to travel around the world.. »

A selection of fourteen villages

While the eleventh edition enriched with archives and festive moments presents a selection of fourteen villages (including one abroad), the source is not…

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