Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

MEDIAWATCH

Hiroshima's Healing Hug

Read more

EYE ON AFRICA

Uganda Terror Trial: Five jailed for life for 2010 Al-Shabaab World Cup Bombings

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

Obama in Hiroshima and Austria's close call (part 1)

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

French labour strikes, raids on Google and McDonald's (part 2)

Read more

REPORTERS

Ukraine: Searching for missing people in Donbass

Read more

REVISITED

Video: What remains of the Gezi movement in Turkey?

Read more

FRANCE IN FOCUS

Euro 2016: France readies for kick off

Read more

ENCORE!

Anne A-R : The people beyond the numbers: A photographic manifesto from the migrant trail

Read more

ENCORE!

Video: Ken Loach wins his second Palme d'Or in Cannes

Read more

A quirky, insider’s guide to understanding France and the French, from the sublime to the ridiculous. Thursday at 1.45 pm.

FRENCH CONNECTIONS

FRENCH CONNECTIONS

Latest update : 2016-02-18

Paris arrondissements: Smashing the snail

FRENCH CONNECTIONS – Thurs. 18.02.16: This week, Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo caused quite a stir. She presented City Council with a controversial plan to change the capital’s administrative organisation. Currently, Paris has 20 arrondissements, or administrative districts, which spiral out of the centre like a snail’s shell. Hidalgo wants to smash the snail.

She wants to merge the first four arrondissements, Paris’s smallest and least populated, into one super arrondissement. The mayor says this will make Paris more democratic and efficient. Critics on the right accuse her of political and electoral manipulation. They say Hidalgo is trying to secure long-term Socialist domination by reducing the number of arrondissement mayors from centrist or conservative parties and turning Paris into a giant "bobo" paradise. 

By Florence VILLEMINOT

Archives

2016-05-20 French cinema

Why France shines on the silver screen

FRENCH CONNECTIONS – Fri. 20.05.16: France is the birthplace of cinema. One hundred years later, the love of the silver screen is still very strong. The state has set up a...

Read more

2016-05-13 French culture

French culture: An 'exception' to be protected?

FRENCH CONNECTIONS, Thurs. 12.05.16: With the Cannes film festival in full swing, we take a closer look at France’s so-called "cultural exception". French culture is seen as a...

Read more

2016-04-29 French culture

May in France: A month to 'build bridges' and say 'good luck' with a flower

FRENCH CONNECTIONS - Thurs. 28.04.16: May is a particular month in France. Four out of the country's eleven public holidays fall in May, making it a hotly anticipated month for...

Read more

2016-04-21 protest

#NuitDebout: Political revolution or big street party?

FRENCH CONNECTIONS - Thurs. 21.04.16: For over three weeks now, protesters have been occupying public squares across the country. The so-called "Nuit Debout" ("Up All Night")...

Read more

2016-04-14 prostitution

Prostitution in France: Paying for sex just got a lot more expensive

FRENCH CONNECTIONS – Thurs. 14.04.16: Last week, French MPs passed a law that makes it illegal to pay for sex. Clients caught red-handed will be fined. Anti-prostitution groups...

Read more