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Yesterday, a shop that was closed for lunch, today, one that seems closed for ever - both seen in the village of Pérignac on the road between Cognac and Pons.

Pérignac is a commune located in the Charente-Maritime department in the Poitou-Charentes region in south-western France. The commune covers an area of 27.56 square kilometres and ranges in altitude from 3 metres to 91 metres. In 2007, the estimated population was 975. Its inhabitants are known as Pérignacais / Pérignacaises.

The commune produces wine used in the production of the Petite Champagne cognac; it is notable for being the commune most planted with vines in the Pons canton.

The area has a long history of civilisation. The village is located on a pre-historic road which comes from the East after having passed the dolmen at Saint-Fort. Close by, there is evidence of a Roman road that linked Perigueux to Saintes. The origin of the name comes from a villa, which was the property of a rich Roman or Gallo-Roman, Pétrinius or Parinus. In addition, the remains of several structures dating from the neolithic, bronze and iron ages have been found during ground consolidation works.

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