First 24 French 'rural café' villages are chosen

Meilhan-sur-Garonne is one of the first villages which will benefit from the scheme

The first 24 villages have been selected to receive funding and help to open a café under a scheme to fund 1,000 of them in rural areas.  

The scheme is run by the association Groupe SOS which has put up €200,000 in funding to help regenerate rural areas and fight social exclusion.

President of Groupe SOS, Jean-Marc Borello said: “The village café was once a central meeting place for inhabitants, but it has commonly disappeared.”

The association aims to open 1,000 cafes ...

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