You are more likely to meet a cow in the Creuse than another human being. This corner of the Massif Central was home to a quarter of a million people in the 19th century; now that number has halved. Fifty years ago the French government got so worried it tried to repopulate the area with children from the Indian Ocean island or Réunion. Many of the so-called “orphans” later turned out to have families back home.
Sadly the rest of the article on the Busseau Viaduct is not online, nor the excellent photograph.