The French countryside, which represent over 80% of the country but in which fewer than a fifth of the population resides, can be defined on the contrary: they are different areas of the city, which do not substantial concentrations population, activities and functions. The campaigns are characterized by their more specific and varied landscapes, often associated with traditional images, especially in this country with a long tradition of peasant and agrarian is France. One often speaks of rural areas in regard to campaigns, "rural" as opposed to urban, rural as opposed to the city. Also of course "rural" does not "farm". These areas include so anything that is not urban: villages, woods, cultivated fields, fallow lands, industrial areas, communication infrastructure, etc.. The limits of this space are also becoming increasingly blurred because the boundaries between city and countryside are less visible. This is because these campaigns, these rural areas are changing since the nineteenth century and this change has accelerated since the 1950s, particularly with the increase of agricultural mechanization. This mutation is the cause of dynamic totally renewed. Thus the links with cities, which were already very strong, had become more pronounced. In addition, the countryside is less and less farm: its activities are becoming increasingly diverse.
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