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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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2016-09-22 France

Cocorico! Understanding French patriotic symbols

FRENCH CONNECTIONS – Thurs. 22.09.16: When you think about France, stereotypical imagery comes to mind: berets, croissants, the Eiffel Tower... This week we explore the official...

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2016-09-15 France

Does ‘la Françafrique’ still exist?

FRENCH CONNECTIONS – Thurs. 15.09.16: France granted most of its African colonies independence in 1960, but it has maintained a network of influence often referred to as “la...

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2016-09-09 sexism

French politics: A boys' club?

FRENCH CONNECTIONS - Thurs. 08.09.16: French politics has a reputation of being a sexist boys’ club. Despite a law voted in 2000 to close the equality gap between the sexes,...

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2016-09-01 France

Vive la rentrée!

FRENCH CONNECTIONS - Thurs. 01.09.16: This week we explore the French phenomenon of "la rentrée": the moment when summer draws to an end and people return to real life. Many...

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2016-08-25 France

Understanding the burkini ban

FRENCH CONNECTIONS – Thurs. 25.08.16: This week we wade into the controversy of the summer: the burkini ban. Several French mayors have banned the modest swim suit worn by some...

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