Sentiers du Patrimoine ®


"Un village français", "Panthère rose"

Informations directionnelles

Traverser la place Potiquet, prendre à droite, puis longer le parking de la place de la Halle. Derrière le mur, vous aurez des explications sur l’ancienne halle.

Prochain point :

L'ancienne Halle

Prochain point : lat="49.1553" lon="1.78699"

Created by Philippe Triboit in 2009




June 1940, and Villeneuve is a fictional sub-prefecture in the Jura that has been turned upside down by the arrival of the German army. A group of schoolchildren are enjoying a walk with their teacher (Marie Kremer) when, out of nowhere, an airplane sprays them with gunfire. They just have enough time to hide behind some cars... The opening scenes of the first season of ‘Un Village Français’ (A French Village) were shot on Place Potiquet, which was transformed into a backdrop for World War II. The residents of Magny wore period clothing for a fortnight in August 2009 as they recreated the difficult times under the Occupation throughout the town. And in June 2010 nearly a thousand people met in the village hall for an exclusive screening of the first two episodes of a series that was to break audience records.

Place Potiquet, which has retained its character of old, is often used to host historical reconstructions. In 1966 men in verdigris suits trod the cobblestones in Triple Cross or La Fantastique Histoire Vraie d’Eddy Chapman (Terence Young, 1967).




Place de la Halle is also a special venue for the cinema. Hollywood set up shop here in 2005 for a remake of The Pink Panther with Steve Martin in the famous role of Inspector Clouzot. After a high-speed chase through Paris, the absent-minded officer arrives on the square in Magny - which had been converted into a huge outdoor café from the 1960s - where he is responsible for a string of catastrophes. Over two hundred people took part in the scene that saw Clouzot try to repair an old man’s wheelchair and turn it into a rocket. Schoolboy gags followed in rapid succession over the course of a week, to the great delight of the spectators and extras.





by Expression Nomade