Bugarach, the only place to be spared the apocalypse according to an interpretation of the Mayan calendar, prepares for press influx
Journalists from South Korea report from Bugarach, one of the few places on Earth some believe will be spared when the world ends on 21 December, according to an interpretation of the Mayan calendar. Photograph: Eric Cabanis/AFP/Getty Images
While there are those who fear that Friday will bring about the end of the world, presaged by the end of the ancient Mayan calendar, in the French village of Bugarach – the only place apparently set to escape the apocalypse – most locals are planning a quiet night in.
But such is the global interest, the French police have closed off access to the mountain peak in the village to keep out the expected influx of international journalists, even if the feared mass arrival of hippies, new agers and Armageddon groupies has failed to materialise.