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
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:
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!]
2014-Cordes-sur-Ciel ( Midi-Pyrénées)
2012-Saint-Cirq Lapopie (Midi-Pyrénées)
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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