Paris begins Mayoral vote
22 March 2014 Last updated at 09:52 GMT
This weekend sees the first round of voting in Paris for a new mayor, with the candidates reflecting positions of continuity versus a fresh start.
More and more people in the city say it has lost its sense of dynamism, both socially and economically, and many young Parisians say there is nothing to keep them there.
Hugh Schofield reports from Paris.