OPINION: Here in rural France we’re a lot more stoic about the curfew than city types

OPINION: Here in rural France we’re a lot more stoic about the curfew than city types

There’s a scene in the war film The Great Escape, where Gordon Jackson reacts in English to a polite enquiry and the whole game is up, writes Ian Moore. He’s given himself away, self-incrimination.

French village inherits fortune from Austrian who fled Nazis

French village inherits fortune from Austrian who fled Nazis

France passes law to give rural noises and smells protected status

France passes law to give rural noises and smells protected status

How the French sport of pétanque is going upmarket – and banning drinking and smoking

How the French sport of pétanque is going upmarket – and banning drinking and smoking

Ten things to expect if you move to rural France

Ten things to expect if you move to rural France

Tourist shot ‘by hunter’ while driving on motorway in south west France

Tourist shot ‘by hunter’ while driving on motorway in south west France

McDonald’s opens on French island after five-year legal battle

McDonald’s opens on French island after five-year legal battle

IN PICTURES: Hundreds of tractors roll in to Paris to protest ‘agri bashing’

IN PICTURES: Hundreds of tractors roll in to Paris to protest ‘agri bashing’

Why 1,000 tractors are converging on Paris

Why 1,000 tractors are converging on Paris

Noisy ducks in south west France can keep on quacking, court rules

Noisy ducks in south west France can keep on quacking, court rules

French director Luc Besson taken to court for refusing to allow deer to be shot

French director Luc Besson taken to court for refusing to allow deer to be shot

The ten rural French departments set to finally get high-speed internet

The ten rural French departments set to finally get high-speed internet

Despite the downsides French people still want to move to the countryside

Despite the downsides French people still want to move to the countryside

Angry French farmers stage road blockades across the country

Angry French farmers stage road blockades across the country

Sésame the French horse is on trial… for producing too much manure

Sésame the French horse is on trial… for producing too much manure

Why are French farmers lighting bonfires across the country?

Why are French farmers lighting bonfires across the country?

Five French cities ban synthetic pesticides as anti-chemical movement grows

Five French cities ban synthetic pesticides as anti-chemical movement grows

Why French ‘poppy protests’ could be taking place monthly in small towns

Why French ‘poppy protests’ could be taking place monthly in small towns

UPDATE: Maurice the noisy French cockerel is free to keep on crowing

UPDATE: Maurice the noisy French cockerel is free to keep on crowing

Quacking ducks v neighbours in latest noise row from rural France

Quacking ducks v neighbours in latest noise row from rural France

Thieves strike at three French villages and steal the antique church bells

Thieves strike at three French villages and steal the antique church bells

French mayor in court after banning pesticides near homes in his village

French mayor in court after banning pesticides near homes in his village

World sheep-shearing championship held on French soil for first time

World sheep-shearing championship held on French soil for first time

How a noisy cockerel exposed France’s rural and urban divide

How a noisy cockerel exposed France’s rural and urban divide

Could the sounds of rural France soon gain heritage status?

Could the sounds of rural France soon gain heritage status?

The 12 worst places in France you could possibly live

The 12 worst places in France you could possibly live

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Rural petrol stations struggle with 3-cent cut