Ten ways Paris is not France and vice versa
"Paris is not France and France is not Paris" is a line that's been repeated over the years in response to observers, particularly foreign ones, who push the usual stereotypes about the country or the capital. Lindsey Johnstone looks at a few of the most common ways that Anglos tend to think of Paris and the rest of France as interchangeable.
Traditional conservative France: When you think of traditional, staunchly Catholic, conservative France with its unshakeable belief in the family unit, chances are you're not thinking of Paris, where more than half the population is single and the other half full of single-child families. In reality traditional conservative France is found in places like the Vendée whereas Paris tends to be more liberal. The number of Parisians at the huge anti-gay marriage marches in the capital last year were outnumbered by the thousands who were bussed in from the provinces.