This unusual map shows the areas of France where no one lives
Author: Clark Tos
Like all countries in the world, France is unevenly populated. But do you know which are its most uninhabited territories?
Credit: Insee / Zeste de Savoir
Well precisely, the Zeste de Savoir website has just published a particularly interesting map on this subject. The latter, based on statistics collected by the government agency INSEE, shows that despite growing urbanization, France still has many deserted areas. It may be hard to believe when you know that our country, which is clearly not the largest in the world, has 67 million inhabitants, but it is nevertheless the reality.
In fact, as you can see from the map shared on Zeste de Savoir's Twitter account, France is full of places where no one lives. On the diagram, each green dot corresponds to an area of one square kilometer in which there are no inhabitants. Logically, like the Alps, the Pyrenees, the Vosges, the Massif Central or the Jura, the reliefs stand out widely. Ditto for the great forest of the Landes but also for a large eastern part of the country, from Morvan to Belgium.
Moreover, the Grand Est, and more specifically the Meuse, is home to the only municipalities in France which have no citizens. These are Beaumont-en-Verdunois, Bezonvaux, Haumont-près-Samogneux, Louvemont-Côte-du-Poivre, Cumières-le-Mort-Homme and Fleury-devant-Douaumont. The reason ? These villages were destroyed during the Second World War and have not been rebuilt.
Another anecdote, again according to figures made public by INSEE, the department of Drôme is the only place in France where there is a municipality with a single inhabitant (Rochefourchat), but also another with two inhabitants (La Bâtie -funds).Source : Zest of Knowledge