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Courbefy, this village abandoned by its "faceless billionaire"


INVESTIGATION – This Limousin hamlet was bought at auction in 2012 by a sulphurous Korean businessman, murdered in 2014. The town, which he had promised to rebuild, is now in ruins.

It really hurts my heart.


eyes tinged with emotion, Bernard Guilhem wanders through an abandoned village.

At the sight of stone houses with broken windows and buildings defaced by graffiti, the retiree is sad:

“It's no longer the Courbefy I once knew.


This hamlet of Haute-Vienne is perched on a hill where today brambles and chestnut trees coexist.

From the edge of a swimming pool filled with muddy water, a panorama of the Limousin countryside and the Puy Mary is revealed.

“There is really everything to make it a unique site!


argues the former mayor of Saint-Nicolas-Courbefy, the municipality to which the hamlet is attached.

It's hard to imagine that this village has been the property of a wealthy South Korean family since 2012. A family whose fortune is matched only by its run-ins with the law.

The village of Courbefy in Haute-Vienne.

Figaro Data

That year,

"to pay off the debt of the last owner of the village, Crédit Agricole decided to sell it to the highest bidder"


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Source: lefigaro

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