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European Journal

France: A metro for the suburbs

French President Nicolas Sarkozy dreams of a greater Paris. His audacious urban vision also includes the outer suburbs of the city. But many residents doubt it's really about them.

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Frankreichs Wahlsieger Nicolas Sarkozy

French President Nicolas Sarkozy wants to give Paris a new face.

Clichy-sous-Bois Montfermeil is on the Paris periphery. It's a social hot spot with a high immigrant population and very high unemployment. Up to now it has been practically cut off from Paris. The new plans include a metro stop. But the local mayor is skeptical about greater Paris. Prestigious glass fronted buildings would be of little use here. But improvements in infrastructure could have a positive effect on the employment situation.