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Choosing The Favourite Village Of The French

Choosing The Favourite Village Of The French

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 late June/early July. For 2020 the winner was announced July 1.

[Updated to announce the winners for 2018, 2019, and 2020 and information about the 2020 contenders. 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

Menerbes, France (J. Chung)

Menerbes, France (J. Chung)

Usually, about 14 villages are in the competition. Viewers can vote by phone or SMS and as you can imagine, the night the winner is announced the show brings 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. But I have visited Giverny in Normandy and Ménerbes in Provence many times and in 2020 they’re both in the competition for the “favourite”.

Here’s a teaser for the 2020 competition:

For 2020, Stephane Bern visited each of the 14 villages.  Here’s the list:

Montpeyrous (Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes)
Chablis (Bourgogne-Franche-Comté)
Pont-Aven (Bretagne)
Trôo (Centre-Val de Loire)
Cargèse (Corse)
Hunspach (Grand Est)
Pierrefonds (Hauts-de-France)
Montfort-L’Amaury (Ile-de-France)
Les Anses D’Arlet (Martinique)
Giverny (Normandie)
Aubeterre-sur-Dronne (Nouvelle-Aquitaine)
Saint-Bertrand-de-Comminges (Occitanie)
Ménerbes (Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur)
Batz-sur-Mer (Pays de la Loire)

The Past Winners Of The Favourite Village Of The French

2020-Hunspach (Grand Est) 

2019-Saint-Vaast-La-Hougue in Normandy

2018-Cassel in the Hauts-de-France

  • The first photo in this post shows one of the entries from that year: Roussillon

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

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.

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

5 Comments

  • Reply
    Keith Van Sickle
    May 24, 2018 at 12:44 pm

    Looking at the past winners, there definitely seems to be a northern conspiracy of some kind. Go Roussillon!

    • Reply
      Jan
      May 24, 2018 at 6:00 pm

      I want Roussillon to win too! After all, it’s in Provence!

  • Reply
    Irene S Levine
    May 26, 2018 at 1:28 am

    Each one looks so beautiful! How lucky you are to have visited so many!

  • Reply
    Cindy McCain
    June 27, 2020 at 1:37 am

    I know you hate choosing, but if a time machine showed up tomorrow to take you to your favorite one— even if not on the list— which , which village would you choose?

    • Reply
      Jan
      June 27, 2020 at 3:50 pm

      If I could be transported there now, I think I would choose Saint-Cirq Lapopie. I just love the photo of the village that I took!

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