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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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2016-07-22 French economy

35 hours: Are French workers lazy?

FRENCH CONNECTIONS – Thurs. 28.07.16: France is famous for its 35-hour working week, but does that mean French workers are lazy? If you look at the statistics, French people work...

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2016-07-21 secularism

Laïcité: Is French state secularism too extreme?

FRENCH CONNECTIONS – Thurs. 21.07.16: France's brand of secularism – "laïcité" – is often the cause of bitter debates, particularly in the wake of last year’s Charlie Hebdo...

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2016-07-14 France

Bastille Day: A national holiday to celebrate France

FRENCH CONNECTIONS - Thurs. 14.07.16: This week we focus on France's national holiday, known as Bastille Day, which takes place on July 14th. Celebrations are held across the...

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2016-07-07 Medicine

French health care: A much-loved safety net

FRENCH CONNECTIONS, Thurs. 07.07.16: Ranked among the best in the world, France's health care system is the object of national pride and international fascination. Generous and...

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2016-06-30 French culture

Take a break: France’s love affair with vacations

FRENCH CONNECTIONS – Thurs. 30.06.16: With a minimum of 30 days of paid leave per year, French people have the reputation of being on holiday a lot. What do they do with these...

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