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Jean-Laurent Cassely: "The injuries that shaped the Paris of the 2000s are now fleeing the capital"


INTERVIEW - The journalist* analyzes the causes and extent of the exodus of the middle classes from the capital. Living in Paris is now a luxury that few families can afford, and cities on a human scale or the countryside are becoming an alternative utopia.


- According to INSEE data, the number of Parisians continues to decrease, on the order of 12,400 fewer inhabitants on average per year between 2014 and 2020. Should we see this as a desire to flee Parisian life or a form of downgrading of Parisians, which pushes them to go into exile?

Jean-Laurent CASSELY.



We leave both because we can no longer afford Paris, and because we are attracted by a quality of life that we imagine better beyond the confines of the ring road.

On the material level, nowadays, living with family in the capital is a luxury that very few can still afford.

It takes about 1 million euros for a large family apartment without any particular quality.

It is expensive for a degraded life experience which, beyond the criticisms addressed to the mayor, Anne Hidalgo, or the Airbnb problem, has structural causes.

It is linked to an exacerbated struggle for places.

Faced with this residential impasse, which affects an entire generation, cities…

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Source: lefigaro

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