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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

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2018-01-18 #MeToo

Deneuve vs. #MeToo: Exploring feminism 'à la française'

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2018-01-04 France

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2017-12-14 Corsica

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2017-12-07 Johnny Hallyday

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Johnny Hallyday was France’s biggest rock star for more than half a century. Despite selling more than 110 million albums over his nearly 60-year-long career he was virtually...

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2017-11-23 smoking

Is France a chain-smoking nation?

When you think of a stereotypical French person, you often picture them puffing on a cigarette. Is France a chain-smoking nation? While the number of smokers has dropped since...

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