France in focus

Rural France: Challenges and opportunities

This week, we take a look at rural France and its development through the ages. Like in many other European nations, France saw a massive exodus towards its urban centres during the 19th and 20th centuries - a demographic shift that has had long-lasting effects. But the shift has also left rural France with several issues to deal with, such as education and technology, pushing many of these areas to now go on a charm offensive to try to attract the country’s so-called "neo-rural" population.