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Les Plus Beaux Villages de France ("The most beautiful villages of France") is an independent association, created in 1982, that aims to promote small and picturesque French villages of quality heritage. As of 2008, 152 villages in France have been labelled as the "Plus Beaux Villages de France".

There are a few criteria before entering the association: the population of the village must not exceed 2,000 inhabitants, there must be at least 2 protected areas (picturesque or legendary sites, or sites of scientific, artistic or historic interest), and the decision to apply must be taken by the town council.

Similar associations have been set up in Wallonia (Les Plus Beaux Villages de Wallonie), Quebec (Les Plus Beaux Villages du Québec), Italy (I Borghi Piu Belli d'Italia) and Spain (Los pueblos más bonitos de España).

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Quality, promotion, and development

The mission of the association is to preserve, promote and develop cultural and natural heritage in the villages.

Villages' urban and architectural quality are regularly evaluated.

A guidebook of the most beautiful villages of France is edited by Reader's Digest (French only).

List of Les Plus Beaux Villages de France

Alsace

Aquitaine

Auvergne

Brittany

Burgundy

Centre

Champagne-Ardenne

No village labelled

Corsica

Franche-Comté

Île-de-France

Languedoc-Roussillon

Limousin

Lorraine

Lower Normandy

Midi-Pyrénées

Nord-Pas-de-Calais

No village labelled

Pays de la Loire

Picardy

Poitou-Charentes

Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur

Rhône-Alpes

Upper Normandy

Overseas departments and territories of France

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