Keyword: Paris suburbs

Divide and multiply: the new slums mushrooming in the Paris suburbs


A recent report published by the Greater Paris regional council shows that every year some 2,000 lodgings are created from the division of hundreds of small suburban houses, converted by often unscrupulous landlords into several tiny living spaces where families live cheek by jowl for exorbitant rents. But, as Michaël Hajdenberg reports, local authorities are mostly impotent to deal with a racket, the consequence of a heightening housing crisis, which is earning slumlords a small fortune.

Paris suburbs shut late-night shops to fight rowdiness

Two local authorities have enforced earlier closing times in neighbourhoods plagued by petty crime and binge drinking in public.