French farm turns on the lights - after 84 years

19th December 2006, Comments 0 comments

LONGEPIERRE, France, Dec 18, 2006 (AFP) - A farmer's dream of lighting up his home in time for Christmas finally came true this year — when France's electricity provider hooked up his property 84 years after his family first put in its request.

LONGEPIERRE, France, Dec 18, 2006 (AFP) - A farmer's dream of lighting up his home in time for Christmas finally came true this year — when France's electricity provider hooked up his property 84 years after his family first put in its request.

"Our grandchildren can't stop playing with the electric doorbell," said Lucette Henry, the wife of farmer Daniel Henry, 67, whose grandmother Valentine first asked for a power line to the house in 1922.

"Myself, I still haven't learnt to turn on the light switch" when entering a room, she said.

The Henrys, who live in an isolated property in centre-east France, had been forced to get by with fuel lamps and heaters after authorities repeatedly refused to bear the cost of wiring up their address.

It was only this month, after the couple paid EUR 61,000 to have the work done that the lights came on. Officials agreed to cover EUR 2,135 of that cost.

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