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Eerie photos show French village turned ghost town by popular airport

When Charles de Gaulle Airport opened in the 1970s, residents of the small French farming village of Goussainville-Vieux Pays found themselves living right underneath the flight path.

Fleeing the noise, they left behind a ghost town, reports Reuters.

Goussainville-Vieux Pays, just 12 miles north of Paris, is so close to Charles de Gaulle Airport that the town is technically considered part of the runway approach.

The popular airport hosted nearly 500,000 takeoffs and landings combined just last year, creating the constant sound of jet noise for the few residents who remained.

In an effort to chart the change in the small village, which prior to the airport’s arrival remained relatively unaltered for centuries, Reuters photographer, Charles Platiau, photographed the abandoned town and used early 20th century postcards of the exact same sites to show a series of eerie comparisons.

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Take a look at his images in the slideshow above.