The geographical limits to social mobility in France

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The upward social mobility of the children of blue collar workers in France varies significantly depending upon the region in which they are born, and has little to do with local economic opportunities, concludes a study, the first of its kind, published this month by a French government agency advising on national development policies. Mathilde Goanec reports.

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The opportunities for social ascension among the children of blue collar workers in France varies widely according to their geographical location, and has little to do with the economic activity of the region in which they live but rather their access to education.