A glimpse of France’s fables and legends
09 June 2020 | 10:55 am
France is full of different beliefs, but it's also packed with legends. In the southern Hérault region, the miraculous fountain of Lunas is believed to have a healing effect on the eyes. Those who come regularly, equipped with handkerchiefs, make a ritual of it. Meanwhile, at the highest point of Brittany, at an altitude of 385 metres, the Arrée Mountains are populated by strange-looking creatures: the Korrigans. FRANCE 24 takes you on a journey of discovery from south to northwest.
In 2018, a retired salesman bought the 19th century Pontivy train station, located in the French region of Brittany, in order to save it from demolition. Since then, this train enthusiast has been using all his energy and savings to restore the station and preserve its history. FRANCE 24 takes you on a tour of it.
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