WHEN local people leave small villages and hamlets heading to the bigger towns of France, many shops and services are forced to close soon after.
But there is an association that is keen to see this tide turned and bring bakers, mechanics and artists back to the countryside.
SOS Villages aims to support small businesses and pressure government officials to make it easier to start up an enterprise in villages across France.
One of the main services on their website is a list of possible openings and appeals for assistance from French regions, including Cantal, the Tarn and the Alps.
Some villages need people to run bars and restaurants, others are looking for doctors and there are opportunities to manage shops and even a garage.
It is also possible to place your own details on the site with many bakers keen to start afresh in a village, as well as commercial artists and people with experience of running campsites.
The site is all in French which is a shame considering the obvious demand from English-speakers to earn a living once they have bought a place.
But it is clearly laid out and may just provide some ideas if you are looking for a business opportunity or work in France.