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.
Political leanings: While the Front National continues its much discussed rise across France, it has been unable so far to penetrate Paris. In the recent European elections the National Front juggernaut topped the polls in France with only Paris and the west of the country failing to be seduced by Marine Le Pen and co. And when the ruling Socialist party were given a hammering in the local elections across the country, Paris bucked the trend by electing Socialist Party candidate Anne Hidalgo.
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