Thursday, February 7, 2008
"Plan Banlieue" Leaks
The Sarkozy-Amara "Plan Banlieue," which is to be released tomorrow, has leaked to MediaPart. Among other things, it will step up "busing" for students from disadvantaged neighborhoods to presumably better schools outside. The promised billion euros in new funding seems to have slipped through the cracks. The previous sleight-of-hand by which this sum was derived from funds set aside for developing mass transport under the Environmental Grenelle accords appears to have been dropped. The new plan does call for new transportation services to diminish the isolation of the suburbs from their metropolises.