Langres is in the Haute Marne in the north and its bishop Mgr Gueneley is two years away from retirement.
Mende and Viviers form a skein of three neighbouring dioceses running west to east - Rodez, Mende and Viviers. Bishop Blondel of Viviers is four years from retirement.
Compared with the other three bishops, Mgr Dagens indeed appears moderate rather then 'progressive'. He is certainly no traditionalist either in liturgical or sartorial preferences. He is 71.