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Social distinctions of Paris – Who lives there well?

Inhabitants of any state can be divided into representatives of the capital and all other regions; the same is possible to tell about France. In it there are Parisians and not Parisians, so-called provincials. Frenchmen even say that to consider yourself a Parisian is possible in case you live for over six years in the capital, and to become provincial – the same quantity of hours (it is caused by the fact that six hours is enough to get to any place of the country).

Naturally, any French city or settlement has the unique lines which cause pride in local residents. Thus representatives of one region can be proud of an ancient castle ruins, and in other place there can be vineyards well-known for the whole world, or simply special breed of local sheep.

Besides, practically each French province differs from another with the unique dialect of speech giving great originality and color.

If to speak about Paris this mega city represents even more versatile and bright conglomerate. In capital of France there is some kind of division of inhabitants on areas, and there are twenty of them.

Parisians very easily define each other in this plan and give it great value. So, an inhabitant of Montmartre always recognizes the representative of fifth, sixteenth or any other area from conversation.

To characterize the inhabitant of Paris correctly it is necessary to know whether he or she owns the living space, or simply rents it. Thus matters, where these apartments settle down. It’s one thing, if it is in a respectable area, and absolutely another if the person, for example, lives in the nineteenth area mainly occupied by natives of Africa and Arabian Peninsula.

But, despite all these distinctions, inhabitants of suburbs as these people represent a considerable part of the city community are considered as Parisians, too. Many inhabitants of suburban territories daily go to Paris for work and spend the most part of day there.

Basically, as well as in other capitals of the world, the social accessory of townspeople to this or that class is characterized by the direct place of their residing. There are a lot of these classes.

Certainly, it is sometimes very difficult to draw an accurate line between various social strata, but, nevertheless, certain groups of Parisians have the distinctions connected with their way of life. So, bankers and lawyers in the majority live in so-called “rich” areas, and sanitary technicians and sellers render absolutely other city habitable areas. On the basis of income level other preferences of representatives of various social strata, their stereotypes and behavioral features are defined.

And, in spite of the fact that it’s the twenty first century, Paris has kept certain stratification of the society and the relation of one social group to another. Inhabitants of poor quarters frankly do not love rich men who in turn do not have sweet feelings toward them. But so the world is arranged, and the similar situation in Paris is completely not unique, it is inherent in overwhelming number of mega cities of the world.

However, a similar variety also makes the city special and interesting, constant circulation of different people and cultures allows it to develop. And if you get to Paris pay attention not only to the well-known for the whole world Parisian sights but also visit different city districts, communicate to local residents. Only then it will be possible to tell such words as “I have been to Paris!”