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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

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2016-12-08 Christmas

French Christmas: So.Much.Food!

FRENCH CONNECTIONS – Thurs. 08.12.16: Join us as we take an inside look at how we celebrate "Noël" in France. French people tend to have a big family lunch on Christmas Day, but...

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2016-12-01 France

Baby crazy: Why do French women have so many children?

FRENCH CONNECTIONS – Thurs. 01.12.16: French people have a reputation for being pessimistic about the future and yet they are the baby-making champions of Europe. Two main...

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2016-11-17 secularism

French secularism: Anti-religious or safeguarding freedoms?

This week we take a closer look at France's cherished state secularism. Laïcité [secularism], a product of French history and philosophy, is central to how France defines itself....

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2016-11-10 France

One year later: How the November attacks changed France

This week, France is marking the one-year anniversary of the November 13 attacks, the deadliest-ever terror attacks on the country. It's a time to take stock of how much France...

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2016-11-03 France

France’s baguette obsession: The rules of "baguetiquette"

When you think of your stereotypical French person, you may well picture them in a striped shirt and holding a baguette. For bread is an integral part of the country's diet and...

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