Voters in the village of La Lande Chasles (population 122) in the centre of the France can choose between 34 lists for this week's European election.

Just like any municipality in the country, the local authorities must provide a designated space for each group of candidates to advertise their poster for free.

With no funding available for the usual stainless steel billboards worth €100 each, the village was saved by vegetable and duck farmer Jeannick Cantin, who donated 30m of plastic sheeting to stretch between the existing supply of electoral boards.

The municipal council (of which Cantin is a member) reported co-investing €25 into silage tape and white markers to draw the 34 individual spaces on the farm plastic.

The idea has since been featured in local newspapers and on French TV news.

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