An American observer comments on French politics.
great article/maps. Thanks!
I dreamt of reading such an analysis. On my Mac the first map is unreadable, this is an alternative link: http://jeandumonteil.blog.lemonde.fr/2012/05/02/lire-la-france-en-26-systemes-urbains-de-proximite/Alas, the resolution chosen was "France into 26 parts", which does not help much to aggregate regions up to 13 or 14, as our President and PS intend to. (When you make clustering, you generally have to specify the resolution beforehand; it's hardly an output of clustering methods).The map basically confirms/ shows that some regions are ill-built and should be split. The issue is such splits would need, as they say, a Constitutional reform, requiring a broader majority than what Hollande can presently hope to gather.Picardie (with Aisne département going to Champagne-Ardennes, but Saint-Quentin, its largest town, should go to the Somme département then! It's an old story, the Aisne was built from pieces neighbors didn't want to get, as far as I remember).Pays de la Loire and Poitou-Charentes (under influence from Bretagne and Aquitaine) - maybe what remain might build an Atlantique régionAquitaine, with its Pyrenean part being quite independent.Bougogne which would be finer with Franche-Comté — well, that's what the two regions suggested.
By the way, it's quite surprising the Datar isn't at all heard (or speaking) during this debate, the first since years, about "l'aménagement du territoire" — what is expected to be its core job. Nothing about this reform on http://www.datar.gouv.fr
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