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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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2017-03-30 France

Is the French language in danger from an English invasion?

Once the language of diplomacy, French remains the official language in nearly 30 countries and is the second-most-studied foreign language in the world. But despite all this, is...

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2017-03-09 French Presidential Elections 2017

From spending caps to limited airtime: The rules of running for president in France

FRENCH CONNECTIONS – Thurs. 09.03.17: This week, we take a look behind the scenes of the French presidential campaign, which has some pretty strict rules. For example, a limit on...

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2017-03-02 French Presidential Elections 2017

French president: A modern-day monarch?

With the presidential election just around the corner, everyone is focused on the campaign. Today, FRANCE 24's Florence Villeminot take a closer look at the top prize: the...

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2017-02-23 agriculture

France's Salon de l'Agriculture: Celebrating a struggling sector

FRENCH CONNECTIONS – Thurs. 23.02.17: France's biggest farm is setting up shop in the capital. This week the Paris International Agricultural Show kicks off. The Salon de...

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2017-02-16 Valentine's Day

Are the French the world's best lovers?

Valentine’s Day was just a few days ago, a good opportunity to focus on love "à la française". What is it like to date a French person? Are the rules different? Do all French...

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