Saturday, January 28, 2006

What is la France Profonde?

Since naming this blog La France Profonde, I have been checking around the Internet on the exact interpretation of the expression. I know Aveyron must be part of France Profonde, but it appears just about any rural area a certain distance south of Paris can also lay claim to the term. For most, it seems to be fairly positive, something like "the heartland", but for some it is perjorative, more like "the sticks." To me it evokes something almost mysterious, but I would reserve it only for areas where one really feels cut off from big cities and cosmopolitan influence. For the moment, this is the case in Aveyron.

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