Forgotten French village registers first birth in half a century

A quiet rural village in central France has registered its first birth in half a century, with the happy event making national news amid concern about the desertification of certain rural areas.

Indeed, the picturesque farming village of Auge in the Creuse department, was so unused to newborns that its mayor was flummoxed as to how to have the birth added to the civil registry.

Had things gone to plan, the dearth of births in Auge would not have been broken as Axelle Brugère was born in the garden of her parents’ home in the middle of the night because they didn’t have time to rush her mother Cyrielle to the nearest maternity.