Residents of Stow-on-the-Wold, Gloucestershire, rejected the idea by a majority of four to one. They said an emphatic "Non" when they were asked if they supported a formal twinning link with Oudon in France to celebrate the Millennium. Parish councillors are planning to refurbish a 100-year-old drinking fountain on the ancient Fosse Way instead. Councillor Vera Norwood said: "I'm very upset and disappointed and so is Oudon."
The village is, ironically, the headquarters of France Magazine, a publication sold to Francophiles nationwide. Dominic Chudleigh, spokesman for the magazine, said: "I'm extremely surprised this plan has fallen down."Reuse content