Paris redraws map as four arrondissements unite under new name

The central four arrondissements of the French capital have been given a new name as part of the mayor's plan to see the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th arrondissements become one. Find out the new name.

Paris redraws map as four arrondissements unite under new name
Photo: Google Maps
Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo's plan is motivated by her desire to make the arrondissements more equal in terms the size of the population they serve or in her words allow a “better democratic representation”.
“There are 15 times more inhabitants in the 15th arrondissment than the first,” said Hidalgo's deputy Bruno Julliard when the change was first announced in 2016.
Paris arrondissements. Photo: Mairie de Paris 
The new name of the four arrondissements which make up the centre of the city was voted for by those living in them, with a total of 8,561 people taking part. 
The residents were given the option of Premiers arrondissements de Paris (First arrondissements of Paris), Cœur de Paris (Heart of Paris) and Paris 1 2 3 4, as well as the winning name… Paris Centre. 
The town hall of the French capital's third arrondissement will represent the newly united district. Photo: AFP
Residents also voted on which town hall should represent the newly united district, with the 3rd arrondissement's town hall (see above) winning with 50.49 percent of the vote against the 4th arrondissement's current mairie, according to Hidalgo who announced the result's of the vote on Tuesday. 
The new administrative map will allow “the unification of political representation and the administrative organization of the least populated arrondissements”, the Town Hall has previously argued, adding that just one mayor would be responsible for the merged areas.
Even if the first four arrondissements are grouped together for administrative reasons, the city's postcodes will not change. In other words Paris will continue to have 20 arrondissements.
However it will only have 17 mayors.
Of the 66,800 people registered to vote in the four arrondissements, 20 percent turned out to vote. 
Hidalgo's plan originally faced stiff opposition from the right, who believe the plan to merge four arrondissements is simply politically motivated to ensure the Socialists hold on to power.

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Revealed: The fastest way to get across Paris

Car, moped, public transport, or electric bicycle - which means of transport is the quickest way to get across Paris?

Revealed: The fastest way to get across Paris

One intrepid reporter for French daily Le Parisien decided to find out. 

The challenge was simple. Which mode of transport would get the journalist from the heart of Fontenay-sous-Bois in the eastern suburbs to the newspaper’s office on Boulevard de Grenelle, west Paris, fastest?

Over four separate journeys, each one in the middle of rush hour, the electric bicycle was quickest and easiest. More expensive than conventional bikes, electric bikes do come with a government subsidy.

The journey was described as ‘pleasant and touristy’ on a dry but chilly morning going via dedicated cycle lanes that meant the dogged journalist avoided having to weave in and out of traffic.

It took, in total, 47 minutes from start to finish at an average speed of 19km/h, on a trip described as “comfortable” but with a caveat for bad weather. The cost was a few centimes for charging up the bike.

In comparison, a car journey between the same points took 1 hour 27 minutes – a journey not helped by a broken-down vehicle. Even accounting for that, according to the reporter’s traffic app, the journey should – going via part of the capital’s southern ringroad – have taken about 1 hr 12.

Average speed in the car was 15km/h, and it cost about €2.85 in diesel – plus parking.

A “chaotic and stressful” moped trip took 1 hour 3 minutes, and cost €1.30 in unleaded petrol.

Public transport – the RER and Metro combined via RER A to Charles-de-Gaulle-Étoile then Metro line 6 to the station Bir-Hakeim – took 50 minutes door to door, including a 10-minute walk and cost €2.80. The journey was described as “tiring”.

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