FRANCE: Resurrection

Le Bosquel was once a cluster of peas ant homes in fruitful Picardy. Serving its 244 villagers were a church, a mairie (town hall), a schoolhouse, a grocery, a carpenter's shop. One day last year the gale of battle ripped through Le Bosquel. Now only mounds of rubble and white stone doorsteps remain, lying in the tall grass like overgrown gravestones.

But last week Le Bosquel was rising from its ruin. The Ministry of Reconstruction had chosen it to be a model for the rebuilding of France's shattered villages. Famed Architect Le Corbusier...