OECD Territorial Reviews: France 2006

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This detailed policy review examines recent developments in regional policy in France and in particular, challenges regarding competiveness policies and multilevel governance. It includes interesting statistics related to regions and makes a series of recommendations for French authorities.

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Trends and Challenges in the Territories

France has a singular spatial and economic profile characterised by a dominant capital region, active peripheral regions and an intermediate zone where growth is slower and the population density relatively low. This situation is not static, however. In economic and demographic terms, for example, significant trends have been apparent for at least the past ten years, namely: higher growth rates in regions and cities other than Paris, improvements in rural areas, rising residential growth dynamics...

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