Did you believe me? Actually, the truth is not quite as romantic. Aveyron does boast many stone bread ovens, or fours à pain, some "communal"-- belonging to a whole village or hamlet. Others, like this one in an old farmhouse, belong to individual properties. Most French people don't bake in these ovens anymore, but some are still in use.
I am personally looking forward to baking some bread this fall and winter with a much more modern contraption: la machine à pain:
(First photo courtesy of Thierry Jouanneteau)