France’s rural idyll threatened by coronavirus lockdown

By Chris Bockman
Bruniquel, South-West France

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  • Coronavirus pandemic

image captionUnder lockdown, Bruniquel has lost its visitors and some of its residents do not dare to leave home

Bruniquel is one of France's most beautiful villages and about an hour north of Toulouse. Don't take my word for it – there is a special rare sign at the entrance that says so. Fewer than 160 villages in France have earned the right to put that sign up.

Just 700 people live here all year round and until the pandemic it attracted 90,000 visitors a year, lured by its well-restored medieval homes, its castle and the Aveyron river, which cuts through the gorge below.

Now, gone are the tourists and the streets are quiet, as the village, like the rest of France, endures a second Covid lockdown.