Thursday, December 18, 2008

More than 2 million Parisians, and counting...


The news broke a couple of days ago, we finally know how many Parisians there are: precisely 2,201,000! The population is increasing, slightly but surely, (+ 77,000 more inhabitants now than in 1999, last time "they" counted). People in Paris also tend to be younger and younger (retirees prefer to leave Paris to go to the South) and as a result, there are less and less deaths (15,000 against 18,700). They also studied the increase or decrease in population in each arrondissement. Interesting. If you want to know more - and read French - please have a look at this.

42 comments:

  1. So all I have to do is move to Paris and I will get younger and younger? Cool!

    I love this photo! They were going on a little field trip for school I suppose?

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  2. LOL The first thing that popped into my head was ''The Beatles" and Abbey Road CD COVER!

    wow! I had no idea what the population of Paris actually was. I just knew it was a lot. pfft
    I love to retire to PARIS <3

    Like the blk/white.

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  3. Oh look! And they all hold hands together! So friendly!

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  4. In fact it's a pretty old photo taken during a demonstration to support Ingrid Bettancourt!

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  5. hmm interesting.
    I'm stupid.But who is Ingrid Bettancourt?

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  6. I was going to ask: why?! You answered!
    That's not a "fresh" photo, Eric?! ;)

    2 millions...whaaa...so many possibilities.LOL

    I really love it, the fact that the human chain is cut by your frame (can I use "centring"?), the fact that they're right in the middle of the photo and this B&W...

    J'ai bien fait d'attendre!

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  7. 2 M? I guess that's without the suburbs, right?

    Gosh, that explains why the subway is so crowded.

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  8. ahh I feel better informed now.
    Thanks Wikipedia!! I had forgotten about those hostages.I didn't realize it's been since 2002.I remember seeing this all over the major news channels.

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  9. thats a lot of Parisians - and a very stylish group i might add.

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  10. A classic image does not age. Does Paris have room for two more? If not we will continue the plan to move to Nice.

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  11. I love this shot, Eric! I'm glad you saved it. This is a perfect occasion to use it.

    If I don't hurry up and move to Paris, I'll be one of those old folks who has to move to the south of France. Poor me.

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  12. Let's make it 2,201,001 ! I could live in a place where we get younger and younger and where women doesn't get fat.
    The statistics about Paris just gets better and better!

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  13. Petrea -- I'm hoping to move back to Paris and spend my dotage where they appreciate "une dame d'une certaine age." Maybe I can help to change the demographic—care to join?
    Eric -- this is a really GREAT photo!
    Suzy -- are you perching these people up around the rim of the crown?

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  14. Move to Paris! I would be interested, but I don't want to be younger. I'm 38 and I am much more comfortable with myself at this age than I ever have been before. I don't want to be younger. I'm good right now. Thinner, yes, but younger, no. But I think the thinner part I have to take care of myself! :)

    I can't imagine living in a city that large, I must say. My fair city is about 6,000 in the winter, and 10,000 - 15,000 in the summer and it can seem crowded to me! But the tallest buildings here are only 3 stories tall, and one of them is the hospital and the other a hotel, so that may have something to do with it. Got to keep the buildings short so more people can see the sunsets!

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  15. Monica: I like the new photo. If you move to Paris, it will get hotter!

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  16. Oh yes, Alexa. I remember a friend telling me about waiting in an airport for a flight from London to Paris. She was in her early 50s at the time. A younger man kept glancing at her and she wondered what was wrong--were her pants unzipped? No. Was her lipstick on crooked? She checked. No, it was fine. Was her shirt unbuttoned? No, everything was correct. Then she realized: he was French.

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  17. You certainly picked the perfect photo to go with your facts, Eric.

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  18. I would love to retire and stay in Paris. The place is so so beautiful and full of life.

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  19. Dear ERIC/PDP-ers,

    I don't mean to hijack this post like that but I'm exhausted from all that searching on the Internet. You see, I'll be flying off to Paris soon, yes, Paris and I can't find a decent airport map that shows where the luggage conveyor belts are!

    It'd be great if anyone here, or even Eric could give me some assistance on this as I really don't want to go hunting for my luggage at night!

    I'll be landing at CDG Terminal 1 but the airport website has a map that doesn't display the conveyor belts. Would also be good if anyone here can speak from experience (Terminal 1).

    Merci millefois!

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  20. Photolicious, no problem to give you tips! But THE only one to be able to really inform you about the airport is PHX! Be patient, she'll pop in. :)

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  21. If this photo is a representative sample of the population of Paris today, I make it (I think) nearly 3women to every man. mmmm....

    photolicous - a couple of years ago they lost my luggage at CDG, but the XL T-shirt they gave me was very comfortable, if a little draughty, and I've still got the little fold-up comb.

    Don't worry too much - I got my luggage about three weeks later when I was back home, plus some nice new clothes courtesy of the insurance company.

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  22. Yes, Alexa, I have a circle of hand-holding Parisians making up my crown today! I tossed off the old woman who was trying to take a little nap in my ear, though.

    Monica, we could use some of your "hotness" here in California, too. Baby, it's cold outside!

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  23. Photolicious: I wish I could tell you. I've done the trip a number of times in recent years, but by the time you get there, you're so tired you can't think straight. My advice to you would be to just follow everybody else. The belts are not hard to find after you pass customs so don't worry too much and if you follow the faces you saw on your plane, you'll all get there. Works that way for me every time. Sorry, best I can do. Have a nice trip :)

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  24. Photolicious: when arriving from the U.S., the ramp leads off the airplane right to customs. The baggage is right there after passport check. No problem.

    ETSuzy: Cold? It's the warmest it has been all week here: 14 F (-10C). You are not cold, believe me!

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  25. Jeff, when it's less than 10C in California, it's considered cold! ;)

    This morning, I saw "white" on the neighbor's roofs, and on the cars outside in the street. That means, it was probably near zero overnight. Totally freezing by Bay Area standards. ;)

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  26. Yeah, you tell 'em, Tomate Farcie.

    I mean, c'mon, I had to leave my cardigan on all day yesterday. Sheesh.

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  27. This is probably my most favorite of your photographs. I love the movement, I love the white stripe down the road and the man in the cool hat and leather coat with his leg just so is so so French. Love from The Prairie ... I'm making ice candles on my blog today. xoxo.

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  28. Petrea you're looking about 12 in your latest photo, you lucky thing!

    Eric great photo! I have an image now of your times out with Michael, Guille, Thib, etc., when you go anywhere, do you all hold hands across the street as you go? How sweet. lol.

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  29. That's because I'm *acting* about 12, Lynn.

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  30. sshhhh Suzy, don't tell anyone, but the weather here is cold and rainy for weeks. Thanks to this crazy climate changes all around the world..

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  31. Great! It looks pretty clever and sweet, i love it so much.

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  32. Thanks for posting this link--I LOVE demographics and now I have something to read to practice my French!

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  33. 2,201,000? Exactly? Not 2,201,001? Or 2,201,319? Hmm, how interesting! ;D

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