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"Why do the French leave the big cities?"

2021-06-20T20:21:39.542Z

FIGAROVOX / TRIBUNE - With the successive confinements and the rise of teleworking, many French people have settled in the countryside. Geographer Laurent Chalard deciphers the causes and consequences of this phenomenon.



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Globally, since the spread of the Covid-19 epidemic in March 2020, the large metropolises, whose growth seemed inexorable, condemning the other territories to stagnation or decline, have, overnight, become repellent spaces. Hundreds of thousands of people have left them, at least temporarily, to live in the countryside, seen as a place of refuge in times of crisis. In this context, France is no exception to the general rule. Its capital, Paris, at the head of an urban complex comprising between 10 and 13 million inhabitants according to the definitions adopted, is experiencing an acceleration of departures, in particular from the city-center particularly affected by restrictive health measures, without qu 'however, it is possible to quantify the flows in the absence of recent data provided by

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Source: lefigaro

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