The French village where everyone is maire

Residents of Vandoncourt are encouraged to organise events under a long-standing participative democracy project

Vandoncourt has been called “the village with 600 mayors”... only now there are more like 800 of them.

The village, in the Franche-Comté, got everyone involved when it started its own system of “participative democracy” in 1971. The scheme is still running today and its fall in population has reversed.

When the project was launched, there were 700 people living there and the population was falling. Now there are 860 residents and the village has no fewer than 28 active associations.

The associations form one of the pillars of the participative democracy project, along with eight commissions, open to the public, which hold ...

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