Not all French villages are created equal. Some, like ours, have what they call tous commerces. The exact meaning depends on context, but the best translation in this case is "all the shops", though more accurately, it's "all the shops we've got." For example, 50 years ago there were two butchers in the village. When we arrived, there was one. They closed a few years ago. Even so, we have a baker's, a mini-supermarket, a pharmacy, a bank, an hotel-restaurant and (most importantly of all) a café-bar. We also have a medical centre; a doctor's surgery as well (though he's looking forward to retiring); and a primary school. All this in a village of around 1000 people.
Le Donjon café-bar. It's an interesting question: do the plastic signs detract from the rural idyll, or are they an essential part of the modern world?
Such a concentration of shops and facilities in one village means that other villages go without. For example, there used to be a cafe-bar-restaurant in the next village, a couple of miles (3 km) away, but apparently the couple who ran it fell out and it's been closed for a few months now. There's a butcher there, and an excellent baker, but no grocery shop. Going in the other direction, there are two café-bar restaurants in Martaizé but that's 5 miles (8 km) away. The nearest mini-supermarket is in Martaizé too. "Mini-supermarket" may be an odd concept, but it's the easiest way to describe a shop that's bigger than a corner shop while being smaller than a supermarket.