Revealed: This is France’s favourite village in 2020

Revealed: This is France's favourite village in 2020
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The votes have been counted. Here is the winner of the title 'France's favourite village' for 2020 and once again it goes to a place in the east of the country.

After months of intense competition, the Alsatian town of Hunspach has claimed the title 'France's favourite village'.

The picturesque little town in the Bas-Rhin département, northeast France, became the third Alsatian village to claim the title of the annual contest.

The participants get rare nationwide exposure through the popular TV show Le Village Préféré des Français (France’s favourite village), aired on France 3.

For viewers, the show is a way to discover some of France's hidden treasures.

For the villages and small towns competing, it's a way to show France what they have to offer.

All the finalists, 14 in total this year, get a visit from France 3 to show off particular cultural traditions, culinary specialties and architecture.

 
 

The list of contenders is carefully selected and must prove that they have rich cultural traditions that make them worthy to take part in the program.

 

Hunspach stands out from the other contenders with its traditional architecture, typical of the Alsace region. Its milky white houses are decorated with black stripes and gardens filled with with pots of geraniums.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Alsatians hailed the victory as a reminder of the French people's attachment to the region.
 
 

Those rooting for Hunspach were thrilled by the news. Winning the title is not just an honourable achievement, it is also a way for the local population to boost their tourism industry and local economy. Every year about 2.5 million French watch the show.

 

 

Hunspach was actually elected the winner in March, but the official announcement was made this week. This had nothing to do with the coronavirus health crisis, it was just the set schedule.

Hunspach is apparently a lovely place to be a tourist, with visitors of the praising the inhabitants' friendliness and the Alsatian spirit.

Second place was awarded to Les Anses-d'Arlet in the French overseas territory of Martinique and the third place went to Ménerbes in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur southern region.
 
You can check out all the contenders and what they have to offer here
 
 
 

 


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