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Would they call Derby 'rural' too?

"The world famous French chef, Raymond Blanc" has been given an honorary OBE, which is nice.

As I have noted before, describing someone as famous is a bit silly, as either the reader knows who the person is in which case 'famous' is redundant or the reader does not and etc etc.

Even I can't work up any degree of outrage about that this time, but it is a big F for Fail for the DCMS when it comes to geography:

"Raymond Blanc was born in Besancon, rural France". Besançon (no knowledge of cedillas at the DCMS?) is only an urban area of some 220,000 souls and the capital of Franche-Comté, and about the size of Derby city. I have been to both, and Besançon is prettier.

I was sure that I'd read something about Raymond being ready to quit these parts (help me out here Mr R), but cannot lay hands on a reference

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