Two or three times a year playbills appear on every post in the district announcing the arrival of the circus. It’s a very small affair, with only one van, one trailer and one show. ¬†The entire event takes only four hours between arrival and departure. I suspect it takes longer to affix and retrieve the posters. Last week the circus set up alongside the village school, with several clowns, a miniature horse, a goat and a performing dog. Happily these were the only animals and appeared well cared-for.
Lamentably France still allows wild animals to be exploited in travelling circuses, yet the practice is totally banned in European neighbours such as Sweden, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Croatia, Holland, Hungary, Austria, Bulgaria and Greece. France might take note that total bans also exist in more advanced societies such as Iran, India, Mexico and Bolivia.