Individual housing is preferred by French people since world war 2, 87 % in 2006. This tendency has given birth to urban sprawl rejected by city-planner because it is a form of non sustainable development. They propose urban polities of densification, "the compact city", which may fail if one does not take into ac count the social demand.
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