The mismanaged forests invading rural France

By Aurore Staiger

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The village of Saint-Éloy-la-Glacière is situated in the vast Massif Central region in central France, lying at an altitude of about 1,000 metres in a sub-region called Le Livradois. The permanent population of about 60 inhabitants is doubled, even tripled in the summer months by holidaymakers drawn to an environment of thick forests of fir and spruce trees.