A rat named Jacques lives in the city and is missing the love of his life, Lucille, who lives in the countryside. Jacques decides to visit her. When he gets there the countryside isn't what he expected, so they both go back to the city. However, things don't run as smoothly as expected for them and Lucille ends up being caught by a cat. They then decide to compromise and move.
This fable is also known as ‘The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse’.
Before watching the clip, students could be given a cut-up simplified version of the Aesop's fable which they could arrange in order as they watch the clip. Students could add simple descriptions in French for each part of the story. Students could be encouraged to categorise positives and negatives. For example: la maison en ville, la maison à la campagne, magnifique, calme, stressant, gateaux, chat, vache and so on. Once children have organised these features they could write or give a verbal description of the countryside or town.
Note: an English version of this clip is available with the title 'The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse' (animation).