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Free books are displayed outside a bookstore in Goussainville-Vieux Pays, north of Paris

Free books are displayed outside a bookstore in Goussainville-Vieux Pays, 20 kms (12 miles) north of Paris, September 9, 2013. In 1972 the farming village of 144 homes found itself under the direct flight path of Roissy's Charles de Gaulle Airport when it opened. Residents started to abandon their homes, unable to endure the constant noise of the passenger planes flying overhead. Nowadays, only few families remain living in what has become almost a ghost village. Picture taken September 9, 2013. REUTERS/Charles Platiau (FRANCE - Tags: SOCIETY)

French ghost town deserted for 40 years - thanks to Charles de Gaulle

The once bustling farming town of Goussainville-Vieux Pays just 12 miles from Paris has been abandoned for forty years after tragedy and modernisation forced residents from their homes. In 1973, during the Paris Air Show, a small aircraft crashed into the village, flattening houses and killing eight people. The accident badly shook the village - but their nightmare was not over. A year later the Charles de Gaulle airport opened with its runways just two miles from the village. From then on the constant noise was a plague on the town and a constant remainder of the deadly crash. Residents soon moved away, tired by the noise pollution and living in fear of another plane crash. Now the small town, which survived both World Wars, is home to just a handful of residents.