I suspect the same problem would happen if you opened a high end restaurant in a failing, shrinking rust belt town in the US. That's a reason the rare quirky place like Freedom in rural Maine gets so much attention.
Apt analogy. Inland Maine at least has is quirky charms. Monceau-les-Mines is simply an industrial town about which even Michelin says "0 tourist attractions". Altho it has often been on our rat-track, we were never tempted to stay in town just to try Brochot's wares. And country one-stars are a scary mix of hidden treasure and stuffed-shirt formality and pomposity. AKA crapshoot.
Thanks for the perspective.
Although the French concerns with urban terrorism are well chronicled, the hollowing out of the industrial countryside is a topic which doesn't get much attention.
(My old boss graduated from a one room high school in rural South Dakota in 1950. He joked that they had their first reunion the next morning, when the 10 graduates met at the bus stop. Some went to Kansas City, others to Minneapolis or Watertown, etc. Nobody stayed behind.
Sounds like France isn't a lot different.)
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