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Feb 16, 2018

French farmer finds happiness in life before machines

French farmer finds happiness in life before machines

When farm machinery revolutionized French agriculture in the years after World War Two, a young Jean-Bernard Huon turned his back on the new technology.
Half a century later Huon still uses oxen to plough his fields, determined to preserve an ancestral, peasant way of life.

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French farmer Jean-Bernard Huon, 70, looks on as he works on his land near his farm in Riec-sur-Belon, France, October 25, 2017. STEPHANE MAHE/REUTERS

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French farmer Jean-Bernard Huon, 70, inspects a barrel used for cider at his farm in Riec-sur-Belon, France, October 24, 2017. STEPHANE MAHE/REUTERS

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French farmer Jean-Bernard Huon, 70, and his friend Jeremy harvest beets on land near his farm in Riec-sur-Belon, France, October 24, 2017. STEPHANE MAHE/REUTERS

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Items are dispayed on a windowsill at the farm of French farmer Jean-Bernard Huon in Riec-sur-Belon, France, October 5, 2017. STEPHANE MAHE/REUTERS

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French farmer Jean-Bernard Huon, 70, and his companion Laurence have lunch at their farm in Riec-sur-Belon, France, October 5, 2017. STEPHANE MAHE/REUTERS

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French farmer Jean-Bernard Huon, 70, holds an old family photograph at his farm in Riec-sur-Belon, France, October 5, 2017. STEPHANE MAHE/REUTERS

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French farmer Jean-Bernard Huon, 70, writes notes beside his companion Laurence, at their farm in Riec-sur-Belon, France, February 1, 2018. STEPHANE MAHE/REUTERS

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French farmer Jean-Bernard Huon, 70, cuts bread during lunch at his farm in Riec-sur-Belon, France, October 25, 2017. STEPHANE MAHE/REUTERS

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An old yoke hangs on a wall in the farm of French farmer Jean-Bernard Huon in Riec-sur-Belon, France, October 25, 2017. STEPHANE MAHE/REUTERS

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French farmer Jean-Bernard Huon, 70, shaves in the bathroom of his farm in Riec-sur-Belon, France, February 1, 2018. STEPHANE MAHE/REUTERS

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A dark sky hangs over a field near the farm of French farmer Jean-Bernard Huon in Riec-sur-Belon, France, December 14, 2017. STEPHANE MAHE/REUTERS

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French farmer Jean-Bernard Huon, 70, works at his farm in Riec-sur-Belon, France, February 1, 2018. STEPHANE MAHE/REUTERS

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French farmer Jean-Bernard Huon, 70, carries hay at his farm in Riec-sur-Belon, France, January 27, 2018. STEPHANE MAHE/REUTERS

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The hat of french farmer Jean-Bernard Huon is seen at his farm in Riec-sur-Belon, France, February 1, 2018. STEPHANE MAHE/REUTERS

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French farmer Jean-Bernard Huon, 70, and his companion Laurence harvest beets on their land near their farm in Riec-sur-Belon, France, October 24, 2017. STEPHANE MAHE/REUTERS

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Laurence, companion of French farmer Jean-Bernard Huon, works on land near their farm in Riec-sur-Belon, France, October 25, 2017. STEPHANE MAHE/REUTERS

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Farming equipment lies on the ground near the farm of French farmer Jean-Bernard Huon in Riec-sur-Belon, France, October 25, 2017. STEPHANE MAHE/REUTERS

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Geese walk by as Laurence, campanion of French farmer Jean-Bernard Huon, works at their farm in Riec-sur-Belon, France, October 24, 2017. STEPHANE MAHE/REUTERS

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French farmer Jean-Bernard Huon, 70, walks with his oxen on his land near his farm in Riec-sur-Belon, France, October 4, 2017. STEPHANE MAHE/REUTERS

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French farmer Jean-Bernard Huon, 70, toasts with bikers during the annual biker rally at his farm in Riec-sur-Belon, France, January 27, 2018. STEPHANE MAHE/REUTERS

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French farmer Jean-Bernard Huon reads a book in his room at his farm in Riec-sur-Belon, France, February 1, 2018. STEPHANE MAHE/REUTERS

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Bikers gather in a field during the annual biker rally at the farm of French farmer Jean-Bernard Huon in Riec-sur-Belon, France, January 27, 2018. STEPHANE MAHE/REUTERS

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Light shines through a window of French farmer Jean-Bernard Huon's farmhouse in Riec-sur-Belon, France, December 14, 2017. STEPHANE MAHE/REUTERS

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Laurence, companion of French farmer Jean-Bernard Huon, unloads manure on land near their farm in Riec-sur-Belon, France, October 25, 2017. STEPHANE MAHE/REUTERS

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French farmer Jean-Bernard Huon, 70, ploughs his land with oxen near his farm in Riec-sur-Belon, France, October 25, 2017. STEPHANE MAHE/REUTERS

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