France: Revolt on the Farm

Most Frenchmen would be delighted to have Brigitte Bardot as a neighbor, but dour fellow farmers in Orne, west of Paris, remain faithful to the stern old cult that holds: "Grazing and tilling are the two breasts of France." They call BB a cumulard, or land-grabber, and bewail the fact that in recent years the actress and 37 other wealthy city slickers−among them Movie ActorJean Gabin−have all staked out exurbanite estates in Orne. This has inflated land values (current price: up to $900 an acre) and displaced tenant farmers, who complain that...

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