I think I get what you are trying to say, Gary, but correct me if I'm wrong. I don't think most Americans are aware that village is a technical term in France, so as other replies have pointed out, that's probably not what you are really after. If you look at population of the top cities in France, almost anything after Paris, Marseille and Lyon is going to feel like a village to an American. Buildings are older and pace is slower. I would consider picking a city between the top 7 and the top 20 because they will have the most to offer in the way of attractions and entertainment during your stay but still offer that 'normal French person' feel in day to day life. Look into a few regions of France and decide what character and sites will most interest you and use that to choose a city. Try Airbnb for a place to stay, if you aren't particular about the location, cast a wide net of several cities in order to find accommodations that will suit you. I lived in one of the top 10 cities in France for several months and if I had made the effort or had the time, I could definitely have befriended many neighbors and shop keepers. My life still felt leisurely and wholly European during that time, despite being in what was technically one of the largest cities in France. By American 'city' standards it probably wouldn't have cracked the top 50. I think this is what you are probably going for, but I could be wrong. Enjoy your trip!