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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.


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.