HOME
09/27/2013 08:36 am ET Updated Sep 27, 2013

Stunning Photos Show The Transformation Of A French Village As It Turns Into A Ghost Town (PHOTOS, GIFS)

Just twelve miles north of Paris, you'll find a ghost town called Goussainville-Vieux Pays, which was once a picturesque farming village filled with charming little chateaus.

That is until Charles de Gaulle Airport opened adjacent to the town in the 1970s, and the residents found themselves living directly under the flight path of the planes. And according to The Atlantic Cities, there are approximately 500,000 take-offs and landings annually, making enough constant noise and disturbance to drive away many of the area's inhabitants.

But to make matters worse, in 1973 a Tupolev TU-144 plane crashed into a row of homes and a school during the Paris Air Show, killing fourteen people. It's no wonder this town sits nearly desolate forty years later.

A Reuters photographer captured images of what Goussainville-Vieux Pays looks like today in comparison to the quaint French village it once was.

FRENCH TOWN ABANDONED

FRENCH TOWN ABANDONED

FRENCH TOWN ABANDONED

french

french

french

french

french

french

france

france

Have something to say? Check out HuffPost Home on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Tumblr and Instagram.

PHOTO GALLERIES
Abandoned America
Subscribe to the Lifestyle email.
Life hacks and juicy stories to get you through the week.

CONVERSATIONS