France Insider/Paul Ben-Itzak

March 9, 2009

De-regionalization: Balladur sets the record straight

In my February 26 post Chanson pour l’Auvergnot, I decried that if the Balladur Commission has its way, seven of France’s 22 regions might disappear, swallowed up by or merged into other. Appearing on France Culture’s morning program today, the former prime minister, Balladur himself, said that these exactions didn’t come from him or his report, which simply suggests that some regions are feeble and need to be reinforced. As far as regional identification, he also suggested that it might be instructive to ask the people themselves how they identify.

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