Nourrices De Morvan

The concept of employing a nanny or au-pair from a poorer country is not a new idea - in the 18th and 19th centuries, hundreds of Morvan women (“les nourrices de Morvan”) left for Paris to look after the children of the rich city-dwellers, many travelling on the tree-trunk rafts of the flotteurs de morvan. There was also a movement in the other direction, of poor children (“les Petits Paris”) brought from the capital to be cared for in the countryside.

The women who left would send back money to their families, as did their husbands, who, forced by the poverty of the Morvan area, left every summer to work in more wealthy areas.

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