Tech & Science Medium-sized towns, a new El Dorado in France

11:17  06 march  2021
11:17  06 march  2021 Source:   ouest-france.fr

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With the crisis and the development of teleworking, many French people now want to live in an average city, an hour and a half from a metropolis. They need space, nature.

Nantes , Bordeaux , Lyon , Toulouse , Strasbourg : this is the quintess winner, for Le Figaro, of the cities "where we live happiest with family". The mayors concerned are delighted. They do not fail to make it known on social networks. But since the appearance of the Covid , the trend is no longer really that. The preference of the French no longer goes too much to metropolitan areas, but rather to medium-sized towns.

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Jean-Christophe Fromantin says it. Mayor of Neuilly-sur-Seine (Hauts-de-Seine), at the gates of Paris, he took the head of the Collective of medium-sized towns eight months ago. For him, the “pendulum movement” is inexorable. "The hyper urban concentration" is over. The French need space, nature. He even says that life in the metropolis is now a dead end.

Education, health, heritage

“The world of tomorrow is for the redistribution of the population. A recent survey shows that 45% of French people want to live in an average city, 41% in a village and only 10% in a metropolis. In the space of a few months, the health crisis changed the aspirations of residents. It has also considerably developed teleworking. We will therefore not go back! »

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For Jean-Christophe Fromantin, living a quarter of an hour from an average town (from 10,000 to 20,000 inhabitants or from 50,000 to 70,000, depending on the department) and less than an hour and a half from he metropolis is the sought-after Grail. On condition that this medium-sized town offers a sufficient level of services: numerous schools, efficient healthcare system, top digital network, attractive built heritage ...

“The Collective of medium-sized towns precisely aims to prepare these towns (250 to 300 in France) to welcome new inhabitants, thanks to efficient and durable equipment. The tendency to flee the metropolises is anchored in time. Especially among young people, wanting to reconcile professional projects and quality of life. You might as well prepare for it as best you can! "

To this end, Jean-Christophe Fromantin has embarked on a tour de France of elected officials. He intends to rely on the presidents of the regions and on the candidates in the presidential election . "A new model of life is taking shape. We have to pay our full attention to it ”, he insists.

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