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France Facts. There is a place in France called Misery

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The Local - [email protected] • 24 Dec, 2019 Updated Tue 24 Dec 2019 08:00 CEST
France Facts. There is a place in France called Misery

Most people we know in France are pretty happy to be here, but some 137 people can truly be said to be living in Misery.


In the Nord-Pas-de-Calais area of northern France there is a small village which proudly bears the name of Misery.

Home to approximately 137 people it looks a pleasant enough place and not too miserable.

For the French inhabitants its name would have a slightly different meaning, but still negative - in French misère does have a sense of misery about it, but also means poverty or destitution. So in Victor Hugo's 1862 classic Les Misérables, the characters are generally poverty stricken (although I don't remember a lot of laughs in the book either).

Perhaps influenced by this, the inhabitants of Misery in 2019 decided that for official purposes their commune would merge with a neighbouring one, so they know officially live in the commune of Marchélepot-Misery, which sounds a whole lot cheerier.

For more of the best place names in France, including the villages of Anus, Stains and Dole - click here.


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[email protected] 2020/02/06 18:16
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