Priced out of Paris

Our great, global cities are turning into vast gated citadels where the elite reproduces itself

By Simon Kuper

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Two mournful friends  dropped by our flat in Paris last Sunday. They are a well-paid couple from the  caste known in Paris as “bobos”: people with bourgeois incomes and bohemian  tastes. In the popular narrative, bobos have invaded Paris, driving out pure  bohemians and the working class. But my bobo friends had a new story: they  themselves were being driven out of Paris. To get enough space for their kids,  they were leaving for the suburbs. When they’d told the headmaster at the  children’s school, he had looked sad and said: “Everyone is leaving.” Paris is  pricing out even the upper middle-class.

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