Tuesday, October 11, 2011

The Paris Vote

The map of Paris voting is quite interesting. Hollande took the western part of the city, including the wealthiest arrondissements, while Aubry took the east, running up some of her highest percentages in the most populaire districts. Montebourg did somewhat better in the east than in the west as well, but he had respectable scores in the west. Valls did best in the 16th Arrdt.

So, while it's foolish to say that Martine Aubry was the candidate of le peuple de gauche, she did outpoll Hollande in areas with strong working-class and issue de l'immigration representation.

3 comments:

Bernard G said...

Il n'y a plus beaucoup de classes populaires qui habitent Paris mais des bourgeois de toutes tailles (je veux dire petits, moyens, grands). Les quartiers autrefois populaires, comme le dixième ou le onzième sont aujourd'hui plus peuplés de diplômés de l'enseignement supérieur que de travailleurs, en général relégués dans les banlieues. Beaucoup, surtout dans les quartiers de l'ouest parisien, sont des héritiers. Peut-on tirer de là une explication des variations de votes entre Hollande et Aubry? Ils sont si proches l'un de l'autre que j'en doute, mais…

Arthur Goldhammer said...

Le 18e, 19e, et 20e ne sont pas le 10e ou 11e, et Aubry a fait un bon score dans ces arrdts.

Louis said...

This is not data-based, but I am with Arhur here. While in Paris, I live in the 20th, and "bourgeois" is not really the first monicker that comes to mind.
But my circles are quite small: rue de Ménilmontant, rue des Pyrenées between Gambetta and the Buttes-Chaumont, rue de Belleville, etc.
Paris is also a big, varied city, where the social "feel" changes from one street to the other, sometimes from one side of a street to the other. You can meet dealers in the upper end of Rue de l'Ermitage, and just a few meters away expensive-looking real estate, little gardens and typical "bobo"-surroundings near villa de l'Ermitage. So I try to be cautious when speaking about political Paris in geographical terms ("this street, this arrondissement votes that or that...).