In Bugarach a very small village where only 194 residents live in southern France some believe that an isolated mountain that does not form part of the mountain range provides a safe place to escape the end of the world that will come on 21 December 2012. The mayor informed journalist that 400 policemen will be deployed on the mountain and in the area on the day. Schools in the village will also be closed and nobody will be allowed into Bucharach on that day. Apocalyptic beliefs are part of most religious traditions and it is thus not a totally new belief. Whether 21 December 2012 will indeed be the end of the world is another question. Based on the Mayan calendar this is the day on which the world will end according to this particular belief.