The Urbanist

France special

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21 February 2019

Episode 384

30 minutes


Photo: Alexis Armanet

This week it’s all about France as be bring to air some of the stories we found while creating our special Gallic March issue of Monocle.

21 February 2019

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Chapter 1

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Chapter 1

Cayenne

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This city – where Latin America and Europe meet by the Atlantic – is a window into a France of the past.

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Chapter 2

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Chapter 2

Rebuilding: Le Havre

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Le Havre rose from the rubble of the Second World War to become a paean to modernism – even if its concrete heritage was initially loathed by residents.

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Chapter 3

Rebuilding: Royan

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Royan is another French city that had to pick itself back up after the Second World War. But when it was time to rebuild, it took inspiration from Brazil, swapping drab postwar design for colourful modernism.

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Chapter 4

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Chapter 4

Media city: Euronews

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Euronews broadcasts to 160 nations across the world from its HQ in the once-industrial neighbourhood of La Confluence in Lyon. We spoke to CEO Michael Peters about how the city became the company’s home.

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