George Clooney funds organic fruit farm in southern France

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George Clooney funds organic fruit farm in southern France
US actor George Clooney and his partner Amal Clooney during the 42nd edition of the Cesar Ceremony in Paris in 2017. (Photo by bertrand GUAY / AFP)

The American actor George Clooney has committed to helping finance a municipal farm that will provide fresh, organic food to local schoolchildren in southern France.


American star Clooney - who is set to adapt the iconic French television series Le Bureau des Legends for English-speaking audiences - has reportedly financed a municipal farm to be built in the southern French département of Var.

Located in Brignoles, north of Toulon, the farm will offer locally produced vegetables and fruit to school children in the town, according to Le Parisien. 

Clooney and his wife, Amal, own property in Canadel - also located along the Mediterranean in the Var département.


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According to the town's mayor, Didier Bremond, the Clooneys are actively involved in the town, even though they do not live there year-round. The couple proposed to the mayor that they could help to finance a plot of land to grow fresh fruits and vegetables for the town.

The plan is for all food produced on the municipal farm will go to the town's school canteens, to help maintain their commitment to offering students organic food. 

Le Parisien spoke with members of the town of Brignoles, who have begun calling Clooney "George l’écolo" (George the environmentalist).

One shopkeeper, Michel, told the French daily about how the actor had given financial assistance to victims of flooding in the town just two years ago. 

"This time he has committed to the town's children. I think it's great", the shopkeeper told Le Parisien.

The farm is expected to be functional within the coming weeks. 


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