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- deserted, like many French towns at this time of day.

Bellac (Occitan: Belac) is a commune in the Haute-Vienne department in the Limousin region in western France. The picturesque town lies 45 kilometres (28 miles) to the north-west of Limoges at the confluence of the Gartempe and the Vincou rivers. Poitiers is 70 kilometres (44 miles) to the north west, and Angoulême 100 kilometres (62 miles) to the south-west. The hills known as the Monts de Blond lie immediately to the south, this is an area rich in prehistoric dolmens and also many chalk caverns.

Bellac itself is classified as cité de charactere (town of character) and a 'green' holiday resort.

Its inhabitants, of which there were 4676 in 2006, are known as Bellachons. The most inhabitant is perhaps the French writer Jean Giraudoux, author of L'Apollon de Bellac, who was born here in 1882. His house has been turned into a museum.

For British members - Michael Wright, who writes the Saturday Telegraph's "C'est la folie" column about rural life in the Limousin, lives in Bellac.

Taken from an article on Wikipedea.

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