In France it is Pere Noel, also known as Papa Noel (Daddy Christmas) who visits the children to deliver gifts, he is accompanied by Pere Fouettard, the bogeyman. As in some other European countries Pere Noel visits either on 6th December, St.Nicholas Day, or Christmas Eve. He rides either a donkey or his sleigh and reindeer.
Children will leave out treats such as hay & carrots for Pere Noels donkey/reindeer, they will leave these in the shoes/Sabot’s in hopes that Pere Noel will leave them a gift.
Pere Fouettard is Pere Noel’s evil companion who frightens the children who have been bad during the year.