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A few factors in understanding French town planning

currently represents 25 % of the national GDP. The divide that has always existed between the capital city enclosed within its walls (or now the “périphérique” ring-road) and the surrounding region has widened further in recent years. The centre, with its prestigious development projects and a flourishing property market, most of it available to well-off first-time buyers, stands in contrast with the suburbs, where feelings of relegation, insecurity, mediocre facilities and devalued accommodation, mostly rented, are accumulating. In this respect the French model is

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