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Latest update : 2014-12-25

The lights that adorn the Champs-Elysées in Paris are perhaps the best known in France. But one tiny village in the country's south says its Christmas lights are more than a match.

Each year, the sleepy village of Salmanac lights up with 500,000 bulbs and LEDs – and 7,000 kilometres of garlands – drawing some 35,000 visitors to witness its impressive Christmastime display.

The village only has 12 houses and most of its 25 residents are retired. But that doesn't stop this tiny hamlet from going all out for the holidays.

"Some people travel 200, even 300 kilometres to get here," said one resident. "They come to see a spectacle. It has to work."

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Date created : 2014-12-24

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