Open 1,000 cafés and kick-start rural life in France

Mayors of France’s 32,221 small communes are being challenged to join a €200million bid to open 1,000 rural cafés and revive village life.

The ‘1,000 café project’ by Groupe SOS, part of the government’s ‘rural agenda’, calls on communes with fewer than 3,500 residents to apply if they have ‘no café, or a café threatened with closure’, and if they have a vacant space that could be converted.

The aim is to rebuild social links and restore a sense of community. It is backed by a budget of €50,000 to €200,000 per café.

Nearly one in three people live in a ...

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