Poor economic conditions in the French town of Montceau-Les-Mines have forced owner and head chef Jerome Brochot's Michelin star 'Le France' restaurant to close on Tuesday, after 13 years in business. The head chef said: «It's an economic truth, it must be viable to have a star in the Michelin guide and necessarily in the products and quality of service, it is paid, and for the region, it's... Еще unfortunate to lose a starred restaurant now it's a good thing for the job. «It's an economic truth. It must be viable to have a star in the Michelin guide and necessarily in the products and quality of service, that is paid for,» he added. Montceau-les-Mines is a central town once known for its strong coal-mining industry, with one in four inhabitants working in its pits in the 1880's. The last mining site was closed in 2002 and its local economy has steadily declined since. Brochot concluded the situation by saying: «As much as people prefer to stay in business and get delivery trays rather than move to the restaurant, there are also companies that are making less so their budgets are tighter. Returning my star today is to adapt to the local situation of the mining basin.» The Michelin Guide is an international travel guide recognising exceptional quality restaurants through it's highly coveted 'star' awarding system. The guide was originally published in Paris in the 1900's and has since transcended to various international locations, showcasing the best of the best in gastronomical establishments in its paged contents.