GousainnVille - Abandoned ghost town on the fringes of Paris

The public library of the ghost town. Made me cry.


The new airport, which would one day become the largest in France, ensured that the once peaceful village never got more than a minutes silence again. So disgruntled were the residents, that they began to abandon the town by the dozen.

The final nail in the coffin for Goussianville came in 1973 when a plane from a nearby airshow tragically crashed in the village. All eight on board and a further six on the ground perished. By this point, there was no going back. The remaining villagers fled, without even selling their houses.

The airport was later forced to purchase over 100 of these houses and signed a contract, agreeing to take care of them. This agreement was obviously never enforced and the houses were left to rot…