French love village seduces Japanese

29th April 2005, Comments 0 comments

DIJON, France, April 29 (AFP) - A young Japanese couple will confirm their wedding vows Sunday in the tiny French wine-producing village of Saint-Amour (Saint Love), in what officials hope will be the start of a new tourist boom.

DIJON, France, April 29 (AFP) - A young Japanese couple will confirm their wedding vows Sunday in the tiny French wine-producing village of Saint-Amour (Saint Love), in what officials hope will be the start of a new tourist boom.  

The town hall in Saint-Amour, located in France's central Beaujolais region, has received 1,000 requests over three years from Japanese couples asking for written confirmation of their wedding vows from the 'village of love'.  

A Japanese wedding planning agency, which offers Saint-Amour wine to its clients, first came up with the idea of official wedding confirmations from the French village.  

"We put the village's seal on a copy of the marriage certificate, along with my signature," said village magistrate Paul Spay.  

Some 200 of those couples have since visited Saint-Amour and received a certificate with the well wishes of the community, but Sunday marks the first time the village's mayor will participate in a wedding confirmation ceremony.  

"And as per tradition, we'll give them a glass of Beaujolais," Spay said.  

Japan is the Beaujolais region's top foreign client, with 114,000 hectolitres - or more than 15 million bottles - sold in 2004. Japan is the world's 10th biggest importer of French wine in general.

© AFP

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