Choosing The Favourite Village Of The French In 2018

Choosing The Favourite Village Of The French 2018: Roussillon is on the list
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For the past few months throughout France the residents in certain French villages have been jumping for joy. Why? They are now in the running for the next “Le Village Préferé des Francais”. And choosing the favourite village of the French in 2018 is done by millions of television viewers throughout France. Stephane Bern, a well known French journalist and television host, will announce the winner on the annual telecast sometime in June.

[Updated June 19, 2018 to announce the winner for 2018. See below[

“Le Village Préferé des Francais”—-the favourite village of the French– airs on the French television channel France 2. Since 2012 the television station has run the competition and in the final running there are about a dozen which make the finals. I’m surprised there is this competition as there is already “Les Plus Beaux Villages de France” (Most beautiful villages in France); however, this time, rather than a committee deciding who wins, it’s the television audience who votes. Not surprisingly, many of the villages already have the designation of “Le Plus Beau Village de France”.

Competition For The Favourite Village Of The French

In 2016, 1 village from each of the 13 regions were vying for the title. Viewers could vote by phone or SMS and as you can imagine, the night the winner was announced the show brought in millions of viewers.

I’ve been fortunate to have visited many of the winning villages and while they are definitely beautiful, I’m sure a lot of villages were surprised by the choices. I mean, how can you pick your “favourite”? It’s like picking your favourite child, isn’t it? They’re all beautiful. Take a look at some of these beauties. Sorry, Ploumanac’h, I just didn’t have time to visit you last year. Next trip.

Here’s a teaser for the 2017 competition:

The Past Winners Of The Favourite Village Of The French

2017-Kaysersberg (Grand Est)

[Thank you to Anita Breland of Anitas Feast for the photo!]

2017 Le Village Préferé des Francais: Kaysersberg (Credit- Anita's Feast)
2017 Le Village Préferé des Francais: Kaysersberg (Credit- Anita’s Feast)

2016-Rochefort-en-Terre (Brittany)

2016 Le Village Préferé des Francais: Rochfort-en-Terre (Photo: J. Chung)
2016 Le Village Préferé des Francais: Rochfort-en-Terre

2015-Ploumanac’h (Brittany)

2014-Cordes-sur-Ciel ( Midi-Pyrénées)

2014 Le Village Préferé des Francais: Cordes-sur-Ciel (Photo: J. Chung)
2014 Le Village Préferé des Francais: Cordes-sur-Ciel

2013-Eguisheim (Alsace)

2013 Le Village Préferé des Francais: Eguisheim (Photo: J. Chung)
2013 Le Village Préferé des Francais: Eguisheim

2012-Saint-Cirq Lapopie (Midi-Pyrénées)

2012 Le Village Préferé des Francais: Saint-Cirq Lapopie (Photo: J. Chung)
2012 Le Village Préferé des Francais: Saint-Cirq Lapopie

2018 Competition

This year’s competition is currently in progress. Stephane Bern is visiting each of the 14 villages. The first photo in this post shows one of the entries: Roussillon. Here are the other villages in the running:

List of villages competing in Le Village Préféré des Francais 2018
List of villages competing in Le Village Préféré des Francais 2018

Mirmande– in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
Semur-en-Brionnais– in the Bourgogne-Franche-Comté
Lama-in Corsica
Hell-Bourg– in La Réunion (new region added in 2018)
Monpazier-New Acquitaine
Cassel-in the Hauts-de-France
Mont-Saint-Michel— in Normandy
Couvertoirade– in Occitanie
Asnieres-sur-Vegre– in Pays de la Loire
Roussillon– in the Provence-Alpes-Cotes d’Azur
Asnieres-sur-Vègre- in the Pays de la Loire
Janvry -in the Ile-de-France
Yèvre-le-Châtel -in the Centre-Loire Valley
Mittelbergheim -n the Grand Est

If you want to stay on top of the competition, check out #VillagePrefere on Twitter and in the meantime, get yourself to these villages to see if you agree.

And on June 19, the winner was announced…….Cassel in the Hauts-de-France!

Choosing The Favourite Village Of The French “Le Village Préferé des Francais”

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