Friday, July 27, 2012

Le Grand Paris

Remember Sarkozy's plan for "Le Grand Paris?" If you don't, it's not your fault: it was one of those here today, gone tomorrow Sarkoplans. There was a big urban transport project embedded in all the airy imaginings of a new urbanplex stretching from Paris to the sea, however, and that hasn't died--yet. Cécile Duflot seems to have become its champion, after having been its enemy. But the budget crunch may do for the rail line as well.

1 comment:

FrédéricLN said...

Even the sarkozian common sense should condemn this project: our past President said that the Saclay ("silicon-valley-like") ambition made no sense if Saclay wasn't connected to Paris by a public transport line with a less than 30 minutes trip. And, just look at the project map, Saclay is NOT connected to Paris!

The paper in Le Monde recalls that "Valérie Pécresse, députée (UMP) des Yvelines, avait pourtant obtenu l'engagement de M. Sarkozy de relier Paris au plateau de Saclay en une demi-heure par un métro souterrain."

(Nobody at Saclay or Paris would consider an itinerary through Versailles or Orly to make the Paris-Saclay trip. Actually, it would just had remained the present itinerary, the RER B stations in the valley (Lozère, Orsay…) and bus "navettes" going directly to the companies or universities).

This contradiction between speech and — not facts, just projects — is one of the funniest of the Sarkozy presidency.