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Reading about the rehashing of the regions of France that is currently on the agenda, I was left with this question: if regional centres become more powerful, is it for the better or for the worse? The populations and, especially, the economies under the control of the main regional centres will increase when small regions are slashed, which therefore gives more power to these large cities. Doesn't, that, however, means that the chances for the resourcs of the smaller cities and towns that weren't formerly under the regional centre's jurisdiction will be sucked up by the big city far away? Theoretically the new resources available should be used wisely so that everyone profits (like, for developing transport infrastructure projects that the smaller cities with their old, small and less well-off region wouldn't have been able to pull off), but that's on paper, and in reality the regional authorities could use the new resources to further develop the region capital by the logic that it's better for everyone (or by incompetence or corruption). What's your experience with this?

The French cities that are going to increase their region's size, power and economy based on the proposal of mergers that are now discussed are: Toulouse, Strasbourg, Rouen, Orléans, Lyon, Dijon and one of Reims/Amiens (dunno which would be chosen as the capital for this merger). Paris, Marseille, Bordeaux, Lille, Nice and Nantes remain the same.
 
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