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The post-1970s era saw the deindustrialization of northern and eastern suburbs. The subsidized housing cités became ghettos for immigrants and the unemployed, while the center of Paris and the western and southern suburbs shifted their economies toward services and high-tech industries. In the mid-1980s, riots started to occur in these suburban ghettos, where unemployment is often upward of 20% (Le Parisien 2010). In 2009, about 30% of youths between ﬁfteen and twenty-nine years old in these zones were unemployed (Chevalier 2010).
France seeks to boost renewable energy production by 23% by 2020. Energy efﬁciency and renewable energies are thus high on the national agenda. The ﬁrst French National Plan to Combat Climate Change (Programme national de lutte contre le changement climatique, PNLCC) was adopted in 2000. The climate plans of 2004 and 2006 set speciﬁc goals, and the 2004 plan supports the adoption of local climate plans. Local plans must focus on buildings and ﬂeet efﬁciency, on decentralized energy production where possible, and on changing the behaviors of all economic actors.
45 46 GREEN CITIES OF EUROPE The Métro is Paris’s underground subway system. Inaugurated in 1900, it has fourteen major lines with 214 kilometers (133 miles) of rail, and three hundred stations, sixty-two of which are transfer points. It is a very dense network, with about two to ﬁve minutes waiting time between trains, two minutes between stops onboard, and ten-minute walks between stops on the surface. 473 billion trips in 2008). Paris is extending Métro lines within and outside city limits. The most recent line (#14), inaugurated in 1998 and extended in 2003 and 2007, is entirely automated (RATP 2011).