Transcript: Ep. 3 - Paris | Sep 24, 2017

A logo on a black background fades in and reads: "TVO Originals".

Over an image of the Paris skyline appears a map of Europe that shows the location of the city with the caption "Paris, France."

Mikael takes a walk on the streets of Paris with his children.

Mikael is in his fifties, with short wavy gray hair and he wears jeans, a pale gray shirt and a beige trench coat.

Lulu is around 9, with long blond hair in a ponytail. She wears a floral dress, a pink coat and a black cross-body bag.

Felix is in his mid-teens, with short blond hair and wears denim Bermuda shorts, a black hooded T-shirt and a denim jacket.

Mikael says LOOK AT THE SHIP! THE BARGE.
WHAT'S THE NAME ON THE BACK?
SANDRA? SANDRA THE BARGE.
IT COULD BE LIKE
A CHILDREN'S BOOK.
WHAT DO YOU THINK
ABOUT PARIS, LULU?

Lulu says IT'S A NICE CITY,
AND THERE ARE TOO MANY CARS.

Felix says I THINK IT'S FUNNY HOW
GRANDPA ONLY HONKS THE HORN
MAYBE FIVE TIMES A YEAR,
WHEREAS THE TAXI DRIVERS MAYBE
DO IT 100 TIMES IN ONE DRIVE.

Mikael says PARIS IS A STORIED CITY.
MORE THAN MOST OTHERS
IN THE WORLD.
IT'S A CITY THAT'S SYNONYMOUS
WITH INSPIRING CHANGE.
FIGHTING FOR IT, DEMANDING IT,
FORCING IT.
THIS IS A BIRTHPLACE OF
REVOLUTIONS, AND RIGHT NOW,
A NEW REVOLUTION IS UNDERWAY...
AN URBAN REVOLUTION.
I BROUGHT MY KIDS HERE
TO EMBED OURSELVES,
RIGHT HERE IN THE HEART OF
THIS REBEL METROPOLIS.

In animation, Mikael’s body gets covered in maps and city models. He extends his hand and a miniature model of a city appears on his hand.

The title of the show reads "The Life-Sized City with Mikael Colville-Andersen."

Clips show images of Paris. An animated map appears with the caption "Paris."

Mikael says FRANCE'S MYTHICAL CAPITAL
HAS BEEN IMMORTALIZED
IN COUNTLESS NOVELS AND FILMS.
ALPHAVILLE. JULES ET JIM.
LES AMANTS DU PONT-NEUF.
BELLE DE JOUR.
PARIS IS A CITY THAT ALLOWS YOU
TO DREAM, THINK AND FEEL...
WHILE DRINKING WINE.
BUT BEYOND THE GLITTERING
LIGHTS OF THE EIFFEL TOWER
IS A HIDDEN PARIS,
ONE OF SOLIDARITY
AND INVENTIVENESS.
AND THAT'S THE PARIS
I'VE COME TO EXPLORE
LULU-SOPHIA AND FELIX.

Clips show images of gardeners taking care of roof top gardens.

Mikael says THE WORLD-CLASS RESTAURANTS
AND THE HIGH-END BOUTIQUES
OF THE CHAMPS-ELYSÉES.
FIRST STOP: A CORNER CAFÉ
IN THE BASTILLE NEIGHBOURHOOD.

An animated map shows the neighbourhood.

Mikael says THIS IS WHERE PARISIAN
FILMMAKER CÉDRIC KLAPISCH
SHOT HIS LANDMARK FILM,
WHEN THE CAT'S AWAY,
BACK IN THE MID 1990'S.
OF COURSE, BASTILLE HASN'T
ESCAPED THE CLUTCHES
BUT CÉDRIC'S NEIGHBOURHOOD
STILL HAS THE VILLAGE-LIKE
FEEL HE LOVES SO MUCH.

Mikael says MONSIEUR KLAPISCH!

BONJOUR!

Cédric says BONJOUR!

Cédric is in his mid-fifties, balding and with a gray beard. He wears gray trousers, a blue shirt and a blue jacket.

They meet at a café.

Cédric says FOR ME, PARIS HAS
THE PERFECT SCALE.
IT'S 10KM FROM THE
NORTH TO THE SOUTH.

Mikael says IT'S ONLY 10?

Cédric says ONLY 10, YEAH.

An animated map appears with the caption "Boulevard Périphérique."

Mikael says PÉRIPHÉRIQUE
TO
PÉRIPHÉRIQUE?

Cédric says YEAH, AND I THINK IT'S
PROBABLY 12KM EAST TO WEST.

Mikael says I DIDN'T EVEN KNOW
THAT IT WAS THAT LITTLE.

Cédric says YEAH, SO IT'S SMALL, AND
IT'S CRAZY BECAUSE I'M 55,
AND I'VE ALWAYS LIVED HERE,
AND I DON'T KNOW
EVERYTHING IN PARIS
YOU KNOW, IT'S ALWAYS
A CITY THAT I NEED
TO DISCOVER EVERY DAY,
EVERY MONTH.

A caption reads "Cédric Klapisch. Filmmaker."

Cédric says I THINK PARIS IS MORE FRIENDLY
TODAY.

Mikael says DESPITE ALL OF THE
TERROR ATTACKS?

Cédric says YEAH, BECAUSE I THINK IT
BROUGHT EVERYONE TOGETHER
MUCH MORE THAN BEFORE.
IT WAS REALLY A SAD TIME,
BUT AT THE SAME TIME,
SOMETHING VERY
ENTHUSIASTIC HAPPENED.

A plaque reads "In memory of the January and November 2015 victims of the terrorist attacks in Paris, Montrouge and St-Denis."

A picture of a girl in a memorial appears with a caption that reads "Lola, 17 years old, killed at Bataclan."

Mikael says AFTER THE ATTACKS ON BATACLAN
AND THE OTHER PLACES,
WE HEARD INTERNATIONALLY
THAT THE NEXT DAY,
OR A COUPLE OF DAYS LATER,
PARISIANS WENT OUT
AND DEMONSTRABLY SAT AT
THE CAFÉ AND MAYBE WERE
A LITTLE NERVOUS INSIDE.
BUT WAS THAT TRUE?
DID PEOPLE REALLY SAY:
"NO, WE'RE NOT GOING
TO TAKE AWAY THE STREETS."

Cédric says YEAH. THAT'S WHAT
WE'RE DOING TODAY.
SO, WE HAD TO SAY THAT WE HAVE
TO DEFEND OUR WAY OF LIFE.
WE WANT TO HAVE DRINKS.
WE WANT TO DRINK WINE.
WE WANT TO DRINK BEER,
EVEN IF OTHER PEOPLE
DON'T LIKE THAT,
WE WANT TO ENJOY LIFE.
AND YOU KNOW, I WENT THERE,
AT PLACE DE LA RÉPUBLIQUE.
FOUR MILLION PARISIANS WERE
THERE AND YOU CAN'T IMAGINE
WHAT IT IS TO MEET FOUR MILLION
PEOPLE IN THE STREET.
IT WAS VERY STRONG.
IT'S PROBABLY ONE
OF THE STRONGEST THINGS
I'VE EVER LIVED.
AND IT WAS A RELIEF
FOR ME TO SAY
THAT WE DON'T LIVE IN
A DANGEROUS PLACE.
WE LIVE IN A PLACE WHERE
PEOPLE LIKE TO BE PEACEFUL.

Now Mikael and his kids take a bike ride.

Mikael says FELIX, IF YOU FEEL FREAKY,
YOU GET BEHIND ME, RIGHT?

Felix says YEAH! ABSOLUTELY.

Lulu says CAREFUL!

Mikael says SO FELIX, YOU'RE A KID.
YOU RIDE ON THE BICYCLE
INFRASTRUCTURE OF COPENHAGEN.
WHAT'S IT LIKE FOR YOU
TO RIDE HERE, NOW?

Felix says KIND OF SPOOKY.

Mikael says SPOOKY?

Felix says AND CONFUSING.

A car gets really close.

Mikael says WOAH.

Mikael says I'M IN WHAT'S TECHNICALLY
A CYCLE LANE.
THIS IS COUNTERFLOW.
YOU CAN CYCLE ONE
WAY WITH THE CARS,
BUT YOU'RE ACTUALLY ALLOWED TO
CYCLE THE OTHER WAY AS WELL.
WE'RE TRAFFIC CONING.
WE'RE ACTUALLY DOING SOMETHING
GOOD FOR THE CITY OF PARIS,
WHICH IS CALMING THE TRAFFIC.
LOOK AT THIS INTERSECTION:
YOU GOT CARS, YOU GOT BIKES,
YOU GOT 18 MILLION PEDESTRIANS,
YOU KNOW.
SOMEBODY'S OUT OF PLACE HERE.

Felix says YEAH.

Mikael says WILLIAM!

William says HI!

Mikael says HELLO! NICE TO SEE YOU.

William says WELCOME TO
LES GRANDS VOISINS.

Mikael says THANK YOU.

William is in his forties, with short wavy brown hair and a beard. He wears glasses, yellow trousers, a blue shirt and a brown distressed leather jacket.

William says says THIS USED TO BE A HOSPITAL.
500,000 PARISIANS
WERE BORN HERE.

Mikael says REALLY?

William says YEAH.

Mikael says LIKE HALF A MILLION, ALMOST.

William says YEAH. HALF A MILLION.
ABSOLUTELY. IT WAS ONE
OF THE MAIN MATERNITY WARD.

Mikael says AND WE REALLY ARE IN
THE MIDDLE OF PARIS.
WE RODE OUR BIKES HERE,
AND ALL OF A SUDDEN,
YOU TURN TO THE RIGHT
AND YOU'RE IN THIS HUGE,
ALMOST LIKE A PARK IN A WAY...
IT'S SO MASSIVE.

The caption changes to "William Dufourcq. Les Grands Voisins."

Mikael says FOR YEARS, THIS 365,000
SQUARE-FOOT SPACE
AND THIS MADE NO SENSE
TO WILLIAM DUFOURQ.
SO WITH HIS FRIENDS,
HE TOOK OVER.

A map pops up with the caption "14th ARR. Les Grands Voisins."

Mikael says HE TRANSFORMED THE PLACE
INTO A VIBRANT COMMUNITY
THE GOOD NEIGHBOURS.
THE PROJECT NOW HOSTS
A SHELTER FOR THE HOMELESS
THAT ACCOMMODATES MORE
THAN 600 PEOPLE,
30 PERCENT OF WHICH ARE
UNDOCUMENTED REFUGEES.
BUT ALSO, A RESTAURANT,
A BREWERY, POP-UP MARKETS,
ARTIST STUDIOS, STARTUPS,
AND EVEN AN URBAN CAMPGROUND.
FROM THE HIP PARISIAN
TO THE HOMELESS,

They walk by a chicken yard.

Mikael says SEE THE CHICKENS?
WHAT'S THE PERCEPTION
OF THE PEOPLE LIVING
IN THE NEIGHBOURHOOD?
ARE THEY LIKE: "AWESOME!"
OR ARE THEY GOING: "NO, WHY
DO YOU HAVE TO DO IT HERE?"

William says WELL, IT'S VERY MIXED.
WHEN WE ARRIVED,
PEOPLE DIDN'T KNOW US
AND PEOPLE WERE VERY MUCH
AFRAID OF US CREATING
A BUBBLE OF POVERTY IN
THE MIDDLE OF PARIS.
THEY WERE AFRAID OF DRUG ABUSE,
OF PEOPLE WHO DIDN'T BEHAVE,
OF THE PRICE OF
THE HOUSING GOING DOWN,
SO WE HAD TO DISCUSS A LOT
WITH THE NEIGHBOURHOOD.
NOW, TODAY, IT'S
WORKING VERY WELL.

A caption reads "It’s prohibited to bring your own alcohol on the premises. When the neighbours are sleeping, take it down a notch."

William says WHEN WE DO MARKETS, FOOD
MARKETS OR WHATEVER,
A LOT OF PEOPLE COME FROM
THE SURROUNDING NEIGHBOURHOOD.
SO OVER THE LAST
YEAR AND A HALF,
THE GENERAL FEELING AROUND
US HAS IMPROVED A LOT.

William says WHAT'S AMAZING HERE
IS THAT THE PROJECT
IT'S MORE ABOUT CREATING
A DEEP SENSE OF COMMUNITY.
EVERYONE HERE, FROM
THE UNDOCUMENTED REFUGEE
TO THE STRUGGLING ARTIST,
HAS TO PITCH IN

They enter a place called "Trocshop."

William says THE PEOPLE LIVING HERE
WHO DON'T HAVE THE MONEY TO GO
AND BUY FOOD IN A RESTAURANT,
BY WORKING AN HOUR AND A HALF,
THEY CAN GET A MEAL.
WE DON'T WANT
THE GENERAL PUBLIC TO GO
AND EAT IN THE RESTAURANT
AND THEN FOR THE PEOPLE
WHOM WE'RE HOUSING,
FOR THEM JUST TO STAY
IN THE CENTRES
AND EAT THE FOOD WHICH
WE ARE PROVIDING.
THE IDEA IS FOR THEM TO BE ABLE
TO CHANGE AND GO EAT THERE,
SO THEY CAN GET BACK IN
A POSITION AS A CONSUMER.
FOR ONE HOUR, YOU CAN GET PANTS,
YOU CAN GET A PHONE
FOR 50 MINUTES,
YOU CAN GET A T-SHIRT,
YOU CAN GET A BAG IN THE
RESTAURANT LA LINGERIE.

He points at a sign and says IT SAYS: "ONE HOUR,
YOU CAN HAVE THE CAKE."
GENERALLY, ONE HOUR
IS EQUIVALENT TO 10 EUROS.

Mikael says O.K. SO YOU LOOK
AT THE EUROPEAN AVERAGE.
THAT'S A FAIR PRICE.

William says YEAH, ABSOLUTELY.

Mikael says HE SAID FIVE HOURS OF WORK
FOR A BAG OF CHIPS.
IS THAT O.K?

Felix says YEAH.

William says THIS IS OUR MAIN RESTAURANT.
THAT'S WHERE WE HAVE OUR
CONCERTS IN THE EVENING.
THAT'S WHERE WE HAVE THE BALLS.
WELL, ONE OF THE BALLS.

Mikael says BONJOUR!

William says BONJOUR!

Felix and Lulu get behind the sinks.

Mikael says YOU'RE GOING TO DRY
OR YOU'RE GOING TO WASH?

William says THIS IS A STRONG ECONOMICAL
ACTIVITY FOR US:
SELLING FOOD AND DRINKS HELPS US
TO BALANCE THE BUDGETS,
PEOPLE GET BACK TO WORK. FROM
A RELATIONSHIP POINT OF VIEW,
FOR EX-HOMELESS PEOPLE,
IT'S QUITE GOOD TO BE
BEHIND THE BAR SERVING
OTHER PEOPLE.
THERE'S A GOOD CONTACT
BETWEEN PEOPLE.

Mikael says THAT HAS TO BE DRY.
I'M GOING TO GO PUT THESE
ON THE COFFEE MACHINE.
I HAVE TO WORK TOO, RIGHT?
SO IT WAS LIKE 15
MINUTES OF WORK,
I DON'T KNOW IF IT'S... YEAH,
THERE'S NO DINNER BASICALLY.
IT WAS ONLY 15 MINUTES.

William says IT'S WORTH A COFFEE.

Mikael says IT'S A COFFEE!

Lulu holds an umbrella and stands under a water feature near the outside sitting area.

Mikael says WHEN IT'S REALLY, REALLY
HOT, YOU CAN HAVE
A QUICK LITTLE SHOWER
TO COOL OFF, RIGHT?
TODAY, THE KIDS AND I ARE
HELPING TO BUILD A SMALL
EDIBLE GARDEN IN FRONT OF
THE FORMER DOCTOR'S QUARTERS,
TRANSFORMED INTO
A COMMUNITY SPACE.
LIKE EVERYTHING HERE,
THE WORK IS DONE COLLECTIVELY,
PUSHED ALONG BY RESIDENTS,
TENANTS AND EVEN VISITORS.

Mikael’s kids start helping.

Mikael says DO YOU WORK HERE,
OR DO YOU VOLUNTEER?

A young man says I WORK HERE.

Mikael says YOU'RE WORKING HERE.

The man says AS A LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT.

Mikael says LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT.

The man says I SPECIALIZE IN URBAN AGRICULTURE.

Mikael says SO YOU'RE CREATING
A LITTLE AROMATIC GARDEN,
BUT IT IS ALSO URBAN FARMING.

The man says IT WILL BE A VEGETABLE GARDEN.

Mikael says RIGHT, O.K.

At a camping store, Mikael says WE'RE READY TO CAMP, SONIA.

Sonia says O.K.

Sonia is in her thirties, with long straight brown hair in a low ponytail. She wears a white shirt under a blue sweater.

Mikael says DO YOU HAVE A TENT FOR US?

Sonia says YEAH.

Mikael gives the kids mats and says ALL RIGHT. LULU.
FELIX. AND ME.
DOES ANYBODY REMEMBER
THE NUMBER OF THE TENT?

Felix says 21.

Lulu says NO, IT WAS 11A.

Mikael says 11A.

He points at an oddly shaped tent and says THAT'S COOL.
YOU CAN SLEEP IN THERE.

Felix says YEAH.

Mikael says BEHIND THIS URBAN CAMPSITE
INTO THE MIX. YOU CAN SPEND
THE NIGHT HERE FOR 10 EUROS,
BY FAR THE CHEAPEST
ACCOMMODATION IN PARIS.
IF YOU'RE LUCKY.
ALL RIGHT. WHO'S TAKING
THE COLD SHOWER?

Felix says YOU.

Mikael says ME?

Felix says YEAH.

Mikael says ME?

Lulu says YEAH.

Lulu takes a shower and says OH, IT'S WARM.

Lulu holds the shower curtains for her father.

Lulu opens the curtains and says SHOWTIME!

Mikael says THAT WAS COLD.
ALL RIGHT, SHUT UP AND BRUSH
YOUR TEETH. LET'S GO.

As they brush their teeth, two ladies walk by.

Subtitles read "Good evening."

In the tent, Mikael says THIS HAS BEEN AN AMAZING
EXPERIENCE HERE
AT
LES GRANDS VOISINS,
THE GRAND NEIGHBOURS.
THESE OLD HOSPITAL GROUNDS
CONVERTED BY MANY,
MANY PASSIONATE PEOPLE INTO
SOMETHING QUITE SPECTACULAR.
IT'S AN AMAZING EXPERIENCE:
IN THE HEART OF PARIS,
IN A DENSELY POPULATED
NEIGHBOURHOOD, WE'RE CAMPING.
BUT WE HAVE A LONG DAY
AHEAD OF US TOMORROW,
SO IT'S TIME TO SAY...

They all say GOOD NIGHT!

The next day, they go for a bike ride.

Mikael says WATCH OUT.
PISTE CYCLABLE!

Mikael says AH. THE RIVER.
WHAT I WANT TO DO IS TRY
AND GET DOWN TO THE RIVER SIDE
WHERE SOMETHING REALLY,
REALLY INTERESTING
IS HAPPENING IN PARIS.
SOMETHING VISIONARY.
I JUST HAVE TO FIGURE OUT
HOW WE GET DOWN THERE.
YEAH. ALL RIGHT.
WAIT. I SERIOUSLY DON'T KNOW
HOW TO GET THERE.

Mikael says O.K. WE'RE HERE.
THIS IS THE GEORGES POMPIDOU
EXPRESSWAY, ONE OF THE CLASSIC
URBAN PLANNING MISTAKES
FROM THE 1960'S

A map appears with the caption "Les Berges De Siene."

Mikael says NORMALLY, CARS ARE DRIVING HERE,
BUT PARIS JUST DECIDED, A WEEK
BEFORE WE CAME HERE TO FILM,
THAT NO MORE CARS WILL BE
ALLOWED ON THIS SECTION
OF THE ROAD. IT'S GOING
TO BE TRANSFORMED INTO
AN AMAZING URBAN SPACE.
IT'S GOING TO GIVE
THE PEOPLE OF PARIS
THE RIVER BACK.

Lulu and Mikael play foosball.

Lulu says SHUT UP!

Mikael says NEVER LET YOUR KIDS WIN.

Mikael says LOOK AT THE MAP.
COOL.

They look at a map painted on the boardwalk.

A map shows the Seine and The Canal de L’Ourcq."

Mikael says THERE'S OUR RIDE, GUYS.
THIS IS KIND OF COOL.
EARLY MORNING,
SATURDAY IN PARIS, USING THE
ANCIENT WATERWAYS OF THE CITY.
WE'RE GOING TO PUT SOME
STUFF ONTO THE BARGE
AND SAIL IT DOWN THE CANAL.

A woman speaks French. Subtitles read "Let’s go to Paris! Let’s get on the boat! Let’s go, children!"

Mikael says A PARIS!

The woman speaks French.

Benedict Rickey translates.

Benedict is in his late thirties, with receding brown hair and a beard. He wears glasses, jeans, a white T-shirt and a gray zip up jacket.

He says MARCHÉ SUR L'EAU IS THE ONLY
CHARITY OR ORGANIZATION
IN THE PARIS REGION
TO TRANSPORT FRESH PRODUCE
BY THE CANAL.
MOSTLY, THE CANAL IS
USED FOR TOURISM.

A caption reads "Christelle Touzart. Marche sur l’eau."

Christelle is in her forties, with shoulder length, slightly wavy light brown hair. She wears jeans and a red windbreaker.

Mikael says CHRISTELLE AND HER TEAM
OF MARCHÉ SUR L'EAU
LIKE TO MAKE IT CLEAR.
THEY DIDN'T INVENT ANYTHING.
THIS CANAL WAS BUILT
IN THE EARLY 1800'S
TO SERVE THIS PURPOSE:
TRANSPORTING FOOD TO PARIS.

Benedict says ALL OF THE PRODUCE ARE FROM
A PLACE CALLED SEINE-ET-MARNE.
IT'S A COUNTY.

Subtitles read "It’s kilometres from Paris. The produce is really local."

Mikael says WITH THIS VINTAGE SOLUTION,
CHRISTELLE IS TACKLING
A VERY MODERN PROBLEM:
THE CITY IS IN THE MIDST
OF A RADICAL 10 YEARS
TRAFFIC REDUCTION PLAN.

Subtitles read "The produce we’ve been transporting this way has allowed five farmers to avoid coming to Paris themselves."

Mikael says ARE THERE OTHER PEOPLE
WHO SEE THIS AND THINK:
"OH, WE WANT TO DO IT TOO?"

Subtitles read "I hope so! People should be inspired to do the same. The problem is that deliveries take more time by boat than by truck. It’s also more expensive. That’s what holds people back. We want to switch to electric power to save money. To maximise our boat usage, we bring back green bio waste that farmers can spread out in their fields."

Mikael says THIS PROJECT FEEDS
700 PEOPLE A WEEK,
WITH FRESH FRUIT, VEGETABLES,
CHEESE, MILK AND MEAT,
IN THREE CITIES ALONG
THE CANAL DE L'OURCQ:
PARIS, PANTIN AND SEVRAN.
EACH AND EVERY WEEK
WITH ONLY ONE BOAT.

The caption changes to "Benedict Rickey. Volunteer and Member. Marche sur l’eau."

Benedict says IF YOU GO TO THE MARKET
AND TRY AND BUY THE SAME
PRODUCE FOR THAT PRICE,
I THINK YOU'RE LOOKING AT
ABOUT THE SAME PRICE.
YOU CAN DO AN EXPERIMENT
IF YOU WANT.
GO TO THE MARKET, TRY AND BUY
6 OR 7 KILOS OF VEGETABLES.

Mikael says O.K. COOL, SO THE PRICE
DOESN'T CHANGE.
THERE'S NOT A MARKUP FOR...
NO IDEOLOGICAL MARKUP.

Benedict says NO, ABSOLUTELY. A COUPLE
COULD BUY MEDIUM-SIZED
AMOUNT OF VEGETABLES.
IT'S 15 EUROS.
THAT'S TWO TIMES THE
MINIMAL WAGE IN FRANCE.
TWO HOURS OF MINIMAL
WAGE IN FRANCE.
THERE'S NO REASON WHY
PEOPLE COULDN'T BUY THIS.

Subtitles read "It’s the Crimée Street lift-bridge, built under the reign of Napoleon. Like the canal."

Mikael says WE'VE REACHED THE END
OF THE LINE ON THE CANAL HERE.
WE HAVE A SECOND TEAM
READY TO TAKE THE PRODUCE
OFF THE BARGE AND DISTRIBUTE
IT TO THE FAMILIES
WHO WILL COME DOWN AND
PICK UP THEIR WEEKLY
OR BIWEEKLY BOX OF PRODUCE
FROM THE FARMS OF PARIS,
JUST 40 KILOMETERS FROM HERE.
IT JUST MAKES SENSE.

They unload the goods.

Subtitles read "Here!"

Christelle says LET'S GO! LET'S GO!

Subtitles read "Here, Mikael."

Mikael says HUSTLE IT!
THOSE ARE REALLY
BIG
COURGETTES.
OH, MAN!

Subtitles read "These are the last strawberries...of the year, grown in the Paris region.[

Mikael says IT'S AMAZING HOW SO MANY CITIES
AROUND THE WORLD SUFFER FROM
SHORT-TERM MEMORY LOSS.
AMAZING HIGHWAYS WERE BUILT
100 YEARS AGO BY NAPOLEON
TO SERVE THE TRANSPORT
NEEDS OF PARIS
AND THEY ARE LARGELY
FORGOTTEN NOW.
THIS ONE PROJECT HERE...
THEY ARE THE ONLY PEOPLE
USING THE WATERWAYS AS THEY
WERE MEANT TO BE USED.
THE POTENTIAL FOR
USING THESE CANALS,
THE POTENTIAL FOR EXPLOITING
THE FARMLANDS AROUND PARIS
TO SERVE THE NEEDS OF THE PEOPLE
WHO LIVE HERE IS AMAZING.

(music plays)

On a bike, Mikael says WE'RE IN THE MORNING
RUSH HOUR IN PARIS.

Charles says YES.

Mikael says WE'RE IN A BUS LANE.

Charles says ON A BUS LANE OPENED TO CYCLING.

Mikael says NOW WE HAVE A HUGE BUS
RIGHT BEHIND US.

Charles says YOU WANT TO FEEL
SAFE AND BE SAFE,
YOU JUST LOOK STRAIGHT AHEAD
AND PRETEND THEY DON'T EXIST.
AND PRETEND THEY DON'T EXIST.

Mikael says YEAH.
RIDING A BIKE IN PARIS
IS LIKE PLAYING A VIDEO GAME.
YOU KNOW, YOU ALWAYS
HAVE AN OBSTACLE.

Charles says YEAH. BUT YOU ONLY HAVE
ONE LIFE, SO CAREFUL!

Mikael says YEAH, O.K.

A caption reads "Charles Maguin. Paris en selle."

Charles is in his thirties, with short straight red hair and a stubble. He wears glasses, a gray suit, a lilac shirt and a purple tie.

Mikael says CHARLES MAGUIN IS THE
CHAIRMAN OF AN ADVOCACY GROUP
CALLED PARIS EN SELLE,
PARIS BY BIKE.

Charles says WE DON'T REALLY WANT
TO MAKE STUFF FOR CYCLISTS.
WE WANT TO MAKE STUFF
FOR FUTURE CYCLISTS.

Mikael says RIGHT.

Charles says WE WANT EVERYONE,
THE MOTHER WITH CHILDREN,
TO BE ABLE TO FEEL
SAFE ON THE STREET.

Mikael says CYCLING WAS ALREADY PART OF
THE INITIAL TRAFFIC REDUCTION
PLAN VÉLO,
THE CYCLING PLAN,
THROUGH WHICH IT PROMISED
TO INVEST 150 MILLION
EUROS TO DOUBLE THE SPAN
OF ITS BIKING NETWORK.
PLAIN AND SIMPLE,
PARIS WAS TO BECOME THE
CYCLING CAPITAL OF THE WORLD,
BUT THE PLAN WAS
UNOFFICIALLY SHELVED
BECAUSE OF THE OVERWHELMING
AMOUNT OF BUREAUCRACY
AND A LACK OF POLITICAL WILL.
UNFORTUNATELY, THE RESULT,
LIKE THE ORIGINAL PLAN.

Charles says DO YOU SEE THIS HERE?
THIS IS A BIKE LANE.

Mikael says YEAH? WHERE THE CARS ARE?

Charles says JUST HAVE A LOOK, THERE.
YOU CAN SEE...

Mikael says YEAH, THE SYMBOLS ARE THERE.

Charles says THE SYMBOLS ARE THERE.
THE BIKE LANE IS NEVER THERE,
BECAUSE THERE ARE TRUCKS
EVERY DAY UNLOADING STUFF
FOR THESE SHOPS I GUESS.

Mikael says SO NOW, WE'RE ON A STREET
WITH NO BICYCLE INFRASTRUCTURE.

Charles says IT'S
LE GRAND BOULEVARD.
VERY IMPORTANT STREET,
AND VERY IMPORTANT
TO CONNECT PEOPLE,
BUT THERE IS NO
CYCLE LANE INDEED.
ALTHOUGH, IF YOU LOOK
ON THE MAP THEY GIVE
ON THE
PLAN VÉLO, THEY SAY
IT'S ALREADY PLANNED OR DONE.

Mikael says THIS IS NICE.
IT'S A BIKE LANE.
IT'S PROTECTED FROM THE CARS,
BUT IT'S KIND OF NARROW.

Charles says ON SUNDAYS, IT'S
PRETTY O.K. HERE.
BUT WHEN YOU'RE A COMMUTER
AND SOME ARE COMING
AND PASSING US, IT CAN BE
A LITTLE BIT FRUSTRATING.
YEAH, IT LOOKS LIKE THERE'S
A SHARROW FOR US TO GO THERE.

Mikael says OH GOD. ARE YOU GOING THAT WAY?

Charles says YEAH. I'M SORRY.
I KNOW IT'S DIFFICULT FOR YOU,
BUT YOU HAVE TO ANTICIPATE
WHEN YOU'RE CYCLING IN PARIS.
WE TURN LEFT ACTUALLY.
WHEN YOU WANT TO
CHANGE DIRECTION
ON A STREET LIKE THAT,
IT'S VERY DIFFICULT.

Mikael says I MEAN, WHEN YOU LOOK
AT BEST PRACTICE
FOR BICYCLE INFRASTRUCTURE,
WHICH IS 100 YEARS OLD,
YOU DON'T THROW CYCLISTS
OUT IN THE TRAFFIC.

Charles says SO, THIS IS THE ONLY
PLACE WHERE THE CROSSING
HAS BEEN TREATED
WITH GREEN PAINT.

Mikael says OH, O.K.
COPENHAGEN STYLE, RIGHT?

Charles says YEAH, AND THERE IS A CYCLE BOX
WHERE YOU CAN SEE
A LOT OF SCOOTERS AND MOPEDS.
YOU CAN SEE THEM.

Mikael says YEAH.

Charles says THEY ARE NOW ALLOWED
OF COURSE TO BE THERE,
BUT THEY ARE.
THERE'S ONE CYCLIST.
HE CAN'T ACCESS THE BIKE BOX.

Mikael says I MEAN, THE GREEN PAINT ACROSS
THE INTERSECTION IS SOMETHING
THAT HAS BEEN IN PLACE
IN DENMARK FOR MANY YEARS,
AND IT HAS PROVEN
TO INCREASE VISIBILITY,
SO IT'S GREAT THAT THAT'S HERE.

Charles says IT'S CONSIDERED A GAIN.

Mikael says RIGHT THERE.
IT'S WHAT YOU SEE.
THIS IS A CAR CITY.

(music plays)

Mikael says WHAT'S THE NETWORK LIKE HERE?
CAN YOU CYCLE ALL OVER PARIS?

Charles says NO. THERE IS NO BICYCLE NETWORK,
TO BE VERY HONEST WITH YOU.
I THINK THEY DON'T BELIEVE
IN BICYCLE AS A SOLUTION
TO MOVE PEOPLE AROUND.
SO THEY DON'T MAKE A BIKE LINE,
LIKE A METRO LINE
OR A TRAM LINE.
THINK FROM A TO B
AND NEVER STOP,
AND IT'S ALWAYS
THE SAME DESIGN,
OR AT LEAST YOU TRY TO HAVE
SOMETHING CONSISTENT, COHERENT.

Mikael says RIGHT.
SO THIS IS A CLASSIC BIKE
SHARE RACK HERE IN PARIS.
IT'S THE FOURTH LARGEST BIKE
SHARE SYSTEM IN THE WORLD.
IT REALLY IS, AND HAS BEEN
FOR A WHILE
THE GOLD STANDARD FOR
BIKE SHARE SYSTEMS.

Charles says IT'S A VERY NICE SYSTEM.
IT HELPS A LOT OF PEOPLE
HOP ON A BIKE AND TRY
AND SEE THAT IT'S NICE.

Mikael says THERE ARE CITIES ALL OVER
THE WORLD THAT HAVE 1 PERCENT
OF THE POPULATION RIDING BIKES.
CITIES STRUGGLE DESPERATELY
TO GET TO 2 PERCENT.
PARIS, IN UNDER 10 YEARS,
WENT FROM BASICALLY 0...

Charles says TO 3 PERCENT TO 5 PERCENT.

Mikael says 3 PERCENT TO 5 PERCENT, INSIDE
THE
PÉRIPHÉRIQUE.

Charles says EVERYBODY SAYS VÉLIB'
HAS A GOOD SHARE
IN THIS IMPROVEMENT OF CYCLING,
AND IT'S TRUE.
AND THEN, THERE'S
PROBABLY THE FACT
THAT THERE'S TOO MUCH TRAFFIC
AND THAT THE UNDERGROUND
IS COMPLETELY FULL OF PEOPLE.
IT'S NOT A VERY
PLEASANT COMMUTE.

Mikael says IT'S AT CAPACITY,
THE UNDERGROUND.

Charles says CAPACITY IS AT THE MAXIMUM.
SO PEOPLE ARE STARTING TO THINK
THAT WE NEED ANOTHER SOLUTION.
AND WE CAN SEE THAT PEOPLE
ARE TAKING UP CYCLING,
EVEN THOUGH THE CITY DOESN'T
MAKE AN INFRASTRUCTURE.
I WANTED TO SHOW THAT TO YOU
BECAUSE THAT'S THE DESIGN
THEY WANT TO APPLY TO MOST OF
THE CYCLE NETWORK ON BIG STREETS
ON STREET, BIDIRECTIONAL,
WE THREW THAT OUT OF OUR
BEST PRACTICE 20 YEARS AGO.
IT'S SIMPLY NOT SAFE
ENOUGH.

Mikael says WHAT IF I WANT TO
GO OVER THERE, RIGHT?
ALL THESE DESTINATIONS
ARE INACCESSIBLE.

Charles says THAT'S THE LAST GENERATION
OF CYCLE LANES HERE IN PARIS.
WE TALKED TO THE POLITICIANS,
BUT NOW WE ALSO REALLY WANT
TO TALK TO THE PEOPLE AND SAY:
"YOU CAN DECIDE THAT THE CITY
WILL BECOME CYCLABLE."
WE HOPE IT CAN SHOW
THE POLITICIANS THAT
THE PEOPLE CARE ABOUT IT.
IT REALLY IS OUR MAIN ANGLE:
SHOW THE POLITICIANS THAT THE
PEOPLE CARE ABOUT CYCLING.

A map shows the location of "Malakoff."

Mikael says WHICH
ARRONDISSEMENT
ARE WE IN RIGHT NOW?

Marie says WE ARE IN THE 14TH.
THE 14TH.
THE VERY EDGE OF THE 14TH.

Mikael says SO YOU'RE AT THE EDGE.
YOU'RE NEAR THE
PÉRIPHÉRIQUE,
BUT YOU STILL FEEL LIKE
YOU'RE VERY MUCH IN PARIS.

Marie says YES, YES. IT'S VERY SYMBOLICAL
AND PSYCHOLOGICAL.
WHEN I LIVED IN MALAKOFF, IT'S
ACTUALLY 200 METERS FROM HERE,
OVER THE
PÉRIPHÉRIQUE.
I WAS NOT INSIDE PARIS.
MY POSTAL CODE WAS NOT 75.

A caption reads "Marie Darrieussecq. Novelist."

Marie is in her forties, with long straight light brown hair in a half ponytail. She wears a striped skirt, a blue top and a blue coat.

Mikael says MARIE DARRIEUSECQ
IS ONE OF THE MOST
PROLIFIC AUTHORS
OF HER GENERATION.
COMPARED TO KAFKA BY
CRITICS, SHE HAS WRITTEN
MORE THAN 15 BOOKS TRANSLATED
INTO 40 LANGUAGES.
SHE'S FIERCELY
PASSIONATE ABOUT PARIS,
SUCH A SUCCESSFUL WRITER.
YOU SAY WE'RE INSIDE
THE WALLS RIGHT NOW.

They stand on a bridge, looking at a boulevard.

Marie says YES. IT'S A CASTLE.
THE
PÉRIPHÉRIQUE
WORKS LIKE
THE MOAT AROUND A CASTLE.

Mikael says SO THERE YOU GO.
THAT'S MOBILITY.
THAT'S HOW A BIG CITY WORKS,
ISN'T IT? OR WHAT?

Marie says I HATE IT.

Mikael says YEAH.
SO WHEN YOU MOVED HERE
FROM THE PROVINCES,
WAS IT TO BECOME A WRITER?
YOU ALREADY FELT THAT
YOU WANTED TO DO THAT THEN?

Marie says YES. IT WAS MY DREAM TO COME
TO PARIS WHEN I WAS A CHILD.
I WANTED TO LEAVE MY SMALL
VILLAGE, AND I FINALLY
MANAGED TO COME TO PARIS AT 19.
WOW, AND LIFE BEGAN, REALLY.
I LOVED PARIS.
AND IT WAS VERY DIFFICULT.
I DIDN'T HAVE ENOUGH MONEY,
ETCETERA. BUT I JUST STAYED.
NOW, MY RELATIONSHIP WITH
THE CITY IS MORE AMBIVALENT,
BUT I STILL LOVE IT.
THIS SORT OF SHABBY
LITTLE GARDENS ARE MADE
BY THE PARISIANS. THEY TRY
TO HAVE PLANTS EVERYWHERE,
IN ALL THE LITTLE, MINI SPOTS.

Mikael says SO SOMEBODY ACTUALLY
TAKES CARE OF THIS.

Marie says YES. SOME NEIGHBOUR
TAKES CARE OF THIS.
YOU'VE GOT TO HAVE A LICENSE TO
HAVE THE RIGHT TO PLANT THINGS.
AND THEY HATE DOGS.
AND THEY HATE DOGS.

Mikael says YEAH, O.K. FAIR ENOUGH.

Marie says THIS IS A COLLECTIVE GARDEN.
BEFORE, IT WAS A BEAUTIFUL...
HOW DO YOU CALL THAT?
A
TERRAIN VAGUE.

Mikael says LIKE AN EMPTY LOT.
EMPTY SPACE.

Marie says YES, AN EMPTY LOT.
SO THIS EMPTY LOT WAS FULL
OF WILD APRICOT TREES,
FIG TREES, APPLE TREES.
ALL THE THINGS THAT PEOPLE
HAD CASTED AWAY, YOU KNOW?

Mikael says YEAH. AND IT GREW AN ORCHARD.

Marie says AND IT GREW, YEAH.
THE RAILWAY OWNERS, THEY CUT ALL
THE WILD TREES AND THEY PUT
THESE VERY CLEAN, STERILE
GREEN SHEETS OF PLASTIC.

Mikael says OH YOU'RE KIDDING. REALLY?

Marie says AND ALL THE NEIGHBOURS
GOT VERY FURIOUS.
AND SO AFTER A LONG BATTLE...
I DON'T KNOW IF IT'S TYPICAL
OR NOT OF PARIS, I DON'T KNOW,
BUT THE NEIGHBOURS MANAGED
TO HAVE THIS GARDEN.
I'M NOT PART OF IT,
BUT I THINK IT'S
A VERY GOOD IDEA.

(music plays)

Mikael says DARRIEUSSECQ ISN'T LIVING
IN AN IVORY TOWER.
AFTER THE PARIS ATTACKS,
SHE JOINED CHARLIE HEBDO
TO STAND IN SOLIDARITY
WITH HER FELLOW CITIZENS.
SHE NOW HAS A COLUMN IN THE
SOCIALLY ENGAGED NEWSPAPER.

Marie says IT WAS MY REACTION AS A CITIZEN.
ALL I CAN DO IS WRITE.
SO I WROTE THEM AND I SAID:
"GUYS, IF I CAN HELP..."
IT'S ALL I CAN DO. I DON'T KNOW
IF I ALWAYS AGREE WITH THEM,
BUT THAT'S WHAT I LIKE.

Mikael says HOW DO YOU THINK
PARISIANS HAVE REACTED
TO THE OBSCENELY GROTESQUE
TERROR ATTACKS?

Marie says I HAD A REACTION OF LOVE.
I REALLY CHERISHED
THE WOUNDED CITY, AND
I WANTED TO STAY EVEN MORE.
IT'S NEW, THAT IT'S
A WOUNDED CITY. IT'S BIZARRE.
IT WAS A VERY PROUD CITY.
IT'S NEVER BEEN A VICTIM, PARIS.
NEVER.
ALL I KNOW IS THAT IN MY NOVELS,
I NOW INTEGRATE IN
THE CHARACTERS, NOW,
IN THEIR DAY-TO-DAY LIFE,
THIS FEAR. THIS TENSION.
IT'S NEW,
BUT I CANNOT WRITE MY NOVELS
AS IF NOTHING HAD HAPPENED.
LOOK,
PERMIS DE VÉGÉTALISER.
YOU SEE, SOMEBODY APPLIED
FOR PERMISSION TO PLANT.
HE OR SHE HASN'T STARTED,
OBVIOUSLY.

Mikael says SO THERE WILL BE...
THEY CAN DO WHATEVER THEY WANT.
THEY CAN PLANT FOOD?

Marie says YES, YES. TOMATOES, WHATEVER.

Mikael says YEAH.

Mikael says SO WE'RE WALKING PAST ALL SORTS
OF NICE GARDENS.
HOW DOES THIS IMPACT LIFE
IN PARIS?
IS IT JUST A LITTLE CUTE THING
OR DO YOU FEEL LIKE
THERE IS A...

Marie says OH NO, I THINK IT'S VERY
IMPORTANT. IT'S MUCH MORE
THAN CUTE. PEOPLE GATHER,
THEY TALK TOGETHER,
THEY DECIDE WHAT TO PLANT.
I THINK THERE'S A LOT
OF TALKING. THERE'S
A LOT OF REUNIONS.
THAT'S WHY I'M NOT IN IT.

Mikael says OH, RIGHT! O.K.

Marie says BUT IT'S GOOD.
PEOPLE MEET FOR GOOD REASONS!
TO PLANT THINGS. IT'S NICE.

(music plays)

Mikael walks with his kids and says EARLY SUNDAY MORNING IN PARIS,
AND WE'RE GOING TO INVESTIGATE
ONE OF THE PRIMARY ISSUES
FACING CITIES AROUND THE WORLD:
FAMILY LIFE.
WE'RE GOING TO
MEET VIANNEY AND HIS FAMILY,
AND TALK ABOUT THE CHALLENGES
THEY FACE LIVING IN PARIS,
THE HEART OF EUROPE'S
LARGEST CITY.

Vianney opens the door and says SALUT!

Mikael says HELLO!

Vianney says HI THERE!

Mikael says MIKAEL.

Vianney says VIANNEY.

A caption reads "Vianney Delourme. Co-founder of the Enlarge your Paris blog."

Vianney is in his late thirties, with short receding blond hair and a shadow of a beard. He wears glasses, jeans and a purple hooded sweatshirt.

He poses with his wife and 3 children.

Mikael says THE AVERAGE PRICE OF
AN APARTMENT IN PARIS
IS 800 EUROS PER SQUARE FOOT.
WITH THE SAME BUDGET,
YOU CAN BUY AN APARTMENT
TWICE AS BIG IN BERLIN
OR VIENNA.
THE INCREDIBLY SMALL SIZE OF
THE AVERAGE PARISIAN APARTMENT
IS ESPECIALLY DIFFICULT FOR
MORE AND MORE OF THEM TO
THE OUTSKIRTS OF THE CITY,
WHERE HOME OWNERSHIP
IS STILL POSSIBLE.

They take a tour of Vianney’s tiny house.

Vianney says GO THIS WAY. YOU'LL SEE
THE KID'S ROOM,
WHICH IS ACTUALLY
LIKE A DORMITORY
IN A BOARDING SCHOOL.

Mikael says YEAH, O.K.

Vianney says THIS IS THE KITCHEN.
SO IT'S COOL. IT'S NICE,
IT'S CHARMING, BUT IT'S TIGHT.

Mikael says SO YOU STILL LIKE IT.
I MEAN, WE'RE NOT ARGUING
ABOUT THE SIZE.

Vianney says WE DO LOVE IT.
WE LOVE THE NEIGHBOURHOOD,
WE HAVE MANY FRIENDS.

Mikael says AND HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN
LIVING HERE, DID YOU SAY?

Vianney says 15.

Mikael says 15 YEARS.

Vianney says YES, 15 YEARS. I'D SAY
THAT IN THE LAST 10 YEARS,
ALL OF MY FRIENDS NOW HAVE
LEFT FOR THE SUBURBS.

Mikael says THEY COULDN'T AFFORD TO STAY.

Vianney says THEY COULDN'T AFFORD TO STAY
IN PARIS. AND SOME OF THEM
EVEN GO 40 OR 50
KILOMETERS AWAY,
WHICH IS WHAT WE'RE MORE
OR LESS THINKING ABOUT.

On the street, Vianney says THIS VERY ARCH USED
TO BE THE GATE TO PARIS.

Mikael says THIS IS THE GATE TO PARIS.

Vianney says YES.

Mikael says WOW.

Vianney says UNDER LOUIS THE FOURTEENTH.

(music plays)

A map appears with the caption "Parisian Suburbs."

Mikael says TODAY, THE GATEWAY TO PARIS
IS THE PÉRIPHÉRIQUE.
PARIS LIE THE SUBURBS.
ON PUBLIC TRANSPORT.

On a train, Mikael says FROM THE HEART OF PARIS,
WE ARE NOW HEADING OUT
INTO THE DISTANT SUBURBS,
THE SECOND RING AROUND PARIS.
AND YOU HAVE BOUGHT A HOUSE
OUT THERE. YOU HAVE
TO TELL ME WHY
YOU HAVE THIS DOUBLE LIFE.

Vianney says WE HAD NO POSSIBILITY TO BUY
SOMETHING IN PARIS,
SO WE BOUGHT SOMETHING
IN WHAT WILL BE PARIS
IN MAYBE 20 YEARS.
PARIS AND ITS SUBURBS ARE
THE BIGGEST CONSTRUCTION SITE
IN EUROPE, AND WILL STAY
SO FOR THE NEXT 15 YEARS.
200 KILOMETERS OF RAILWAY
TRACKS TO CONSTRUCT.
100 ROUND STATION TO BE
CONSTRUCTED IN THE SUBURBS.
THE LIFE, THE DESIGNS,
THE LANDSCAPE
WILL BE TOTALLY CHANGED.

Mikael says HOW DO YOU BRING THE
URBAN EXPERIENCE WITH YOU?

Vianney says WITH A FEW FRIENDS,
A FEW YEARS AGO,
WE DECIDED TO CREATE A BLOG
WHICH IS CALLED
ENLARGE YOUR PARIS,
FOCUSING ON CULTURAL VENUES
IN THE FIRST AND SECOND RINGS.
YOU HAVE MORE THEATRES
IN THE SUBURBS THAN IN PARIS.
WE ARE TRAVELING TOURING
THE SUBURBS, AND OUR PURPOSE
IS TO CREATE A GIGANTIC DATABASE
OF ALL CULTURAL EVENTS
IN THE BANLIEUE TO SHOW
THAT PEOPLE WHO DO LIVE
IN THE BANLIEUE DO NOT
NEED TO GO TO PARIS
JUST TO EXPERIMENT IT,
TO GO TO THE THEATRE,
TO GO TO SEE A GOOD MOVIE,
A GOOD CONCERT OR EXHIBITION.

Mikael says AFTER ALMOST AN HOUR,
WE'RE ABOUT 35 KILOMETERS
FROM PARIS,
WHERE THE DELOURME FAMILY
PURCHASED A HOUSE
THEY WILL MOVE INTO WHEN
THE SCHOOL YEAR ENDS.

Vianney says HERE IS THE BORDER BETWEEN
THE BIG GREATER PARIS AND
THE BEGINNING OF THE COUNTRY,
SO IT'S SORT OF LIKE A VILLAGE.

A map shows the route from Paris to Marolles-en-Hurepoix."

Mikael looks at a wooded area and says THIS IS YOURS HERE?

Vianney says YES.

Mikael says WOW. AND HOW BIG WAS THIS LAND?

Vianney says IT'S LIKE 2 HECTARES.

Mikael says 2 HECTARES, O.K.

Vianney says SO OUR HOUSE IS THERE
AND THE ANIMALS ARE OVER THERE.

Mikael says SO FELIX, WHAT WOULD YOU SAY?
YOU'RE 14, YOU'RE A TEENAGER.
WHAT IF I TOLD YOU: "HEY DUDE,
WE'RE MOVING OUT TO A PLACE LIKE
THIS OUTSIDE OF COPENHAGEN."

Felix says I WOULD BE DISAPPOINTED.
YOU CAN'T RIDE YOUR BIKE DOWN
TO THE STORE JUST TO GET SOME...
I DON'T KNOW... CANDY,
AND THEN GO BACK.
YOU HAVE TO TAKE
A LONG DRIVE. YEAH.

Mikael says SO IF I SAID THAT TO YOU, YOU'D
BASICALLY RUN AWAY FROM HOME?

Felix says YEAH!

Mikael says YEAH. IF YOU COULD
CHOOSE TO RIDE
A BIKE LIKE YOU DO EVERY
DAY IN COPENHAGEN
OR TO RIDE A HORSE TO SCHOOL,
WHICH WOULD YOU CHOOSE?

Lulu says HORSE.

Mikael says HORSE, YEAH. O.K. THAT WOULD
BE KIND OF COOL, ACTUALLY.

Vianney says LET'S HAVE A PICNIC NOW.

Mikael says YOU HAVE TO TELL ME
ABOUT YOUR CRAZY WALK.
YOUR URBAN PILGRIMAGE.

They sit at a table.

Vianney says YEAH. LAST WEEK, WE'VE SPENT
TWO DAYS AND TWO NIGHTS
WALKING WITHOUT STOPPING
THROUGH THE WHOLE
PARIS SUBURBS.
WITH A GPS, WE HAVE OPENED
A "SENTIER," A PATH,
THAT WE WILL PUBLISH
ON THE WEB.
IT WILL BE THE PEDESTRIAN PATH
THROUGH THE BANLIEUE.
AND THE IDEA IS TO SHOW
THAT THE GREATER PARIS EXISTS.
WE'VE BEEN THROUGH IT
AND WE'VE SEEN MANY PLACES
THAT ARE WORTH IT.
CHEERS!

Mikael says THANK YOU. THANK YOU
FOR YOUR HOSPITALITY. THANK YOU.
SANTÉ, LES ENFANTS!

They say SANTÉ!

(music plays)

Mikael says YOU SEE THAT?
THAT'S THE
PÉRIPHÉRIQUE.
THAT'S THE MOTORWAY THAT GOES
ALL THE WAY AROUND PARIS,
SO WE'RE ACTUALLY
OUTSIDE OF THE PROPER CITY
RIGHT NOW.
I'VE HEARD IT'S OVER HERE.
THIS IS THE WEIRDEST
PLACE IN THE WORLD
TO BE LOOKING FOR A RESTAURANT!

JUST SO WE'RE CLEAR, WE'RE
IN THE 19TH BURROW.
AND BELIEVE IT OR NOT,
A STRANGE ONE, OF COURSE.

A map shows the location of the Freegan Pony.

Mikael says BUT THIS ISN'T YOUR TYPICAL
CITY. THE FREEGAN PONY
ILLEGALLY OCCUPIES THIS
5400-SQUARE-FOOT SQUAT,
ONCE THE STORAGE SPACE
FOR THE CITY'S ROAD SERVICES.

Felix says THAT'S COOL.

Mikael says CHECK IT OUT!

IT WAS LAUNCHED IN 2015
BY A GROUP OF FRIENDS
COULD BE PUT TO BETTER USE.

Mikael says WE FOUND IT.

A young man says FINDING IT ISN’T EASY.

Mikael says NO, IT WAS NOT EASY.
WE'RE HERE TO HELP.

Subtitles read "I know that and you will help."

Mikael says SHOULD WE JUST GET STARTED?

Lulu says YEAH.

A caption reads "Aladdin Charni. Founder, Freegan Pony."

Aladdin is in his early forties, with long wavy brown hair in a bun and a beard. He wears black Bermuda shorts and a blue sweatshirt.

Mikael says ALADDIN CHARNI HAS BEEN
HOSTING PARTIES
IN SQUATTED BUILDINGS
THROUGHOUT PARIS FOREVER.
IN HIS UNIQUE RESTAURANT,
ALL THE FOOD COMES
FROM NEARBY RUNGIS MARKET.
EACH MORNING, ALADDIN PICKS UP
FOOD THAT WOULD
OTHERWISE GO TO WASTE.
IN EXCHANGE FOR A FULL MEAL,
PEOPLE GIVE WHAT THEY WANT
OR WHAT THEY CAN.

Subtitles read "For example, these green beans would have been thrown out."

Mikael says THEY'RE GOING TO THROW THIS OUT?

Subtitles read "Yes, really! And not just this batch, maybe 5, 10, 20 tons!"

Mikael says THESE ARE PERFECT.

Subtitles read "Yes, they’re perfect, I know."

Mikael says SO ALL THE PEOPLE HERE,
ARE THEY VOLUNTEERS?
WHO ARE THEY?

Subtitles read "Yes, only two people get paid: the chef and the dishwasher, because I don’t know any volunteers that want to clean the dishes. So we have to pay for that."

Mikael says NOBODY WANTS TO DO DISHES.

He says to Lulu YOU DON'T EVEN WANT
TO DO DISHES, DO YOU?

Subtitles read "Please do it!"

Mikael says IS IT HARD TO FIND CHEFS WHO
WANT TO COME AND COOK FOR YOU?

Subtitles read "No! They come to us, in fact."

Mikael says THE FREEGAN PONY IS RUN BY
A DIFFERENT CHEF EACH DAY,
AND SO ALADDIN HAS WORKED
WITH MORE THAN 30 CHEFS
WHO USUALLY COOK IN HIGH END

Mikael says IN THE MORNING, YOU DON'T KNOW
WHAT YOU'RE MAKING TONIGHT
BECAUSE YOU DON'T KNOW
WHAT FOOD YOU GOT.

Subtitles read "No, Aladdin called me to tell me what he was able to find at the market."

Mikael says AND THEN YOU START
GOOGLING RECIPES?
NO, I'M JOKING.

Subtitles read "I start to think about what I can make and the main thing is to try to diversify our dishes."

Mikael says YOU'RE NOW SERVING 100 PEOPLE
HERE EVERY EVENING,

Now Mikael says to Aladdin FOUR DAYS A WEEK?

Subtitles read "Four days a week."

Mikael says FREE STYLE.

Aladdin says YES.

Mikael says IF YOU WANT TO EAT HERE,
YOU HAVE TO GET HERE IN TIME.

Subtitles read "You have to be the first to arrive and then when we open our doors at 7 PM there can be as many as 80 people. It can get crazy, it’s a bit funny."

Mikael says AND THEY LINE UP OUTSIDE
THIS DOOR HERE,
IN THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE,
THERE'S A BUNCH OF PEOPLE
WELL DRESSED WAITING
TO EAT FREE FOOD.
WHO ARE THE PEOPLE
WHO EAT HERE?

Subtitles read "There’s a difference between the people who eat here and the people that we want. At the beginning, we really wanted a place to mix homeless people, refugees and prostitutes, because there are a lot of prostitutes in the area, and people from Paris who have some money."

Mikael says THE BOBOS.
THE MIX OF THE PEOPLE BECAME
MORE BOBO AND LESS...

Subtitles read "Yes, but we’re going to begin to work with the city to have more homeless and prostitutes, and have a real mix, because we want this mix."

(music plays)

Mikael says SO THIS CROWD HERE NOW,
IT LOOKS LIKE A LOT OF BOBOS.

Subtitles read "Yes, but refugees are coming, but they’re late. They’re always late because they move in groups and they get around on foot, so they’re always late. But we keep 25 meals for them."

Mikael says YOU LIVE IN A SQUAT.

Aladdin says YES.

Mikael says HOW DOES THIS CONTRIBUTE
TO YOU FEELING LIKE A PARISIAN?

Subtitles read "When I’m squatting a place, for me it’s like poetry because the building gives me some space and I give it back some life. In every squat I open, I want people to come inside to visit and enjoy it. That’s my contribution to Paris. Bon appétit, as we say in French."

They all have dinner.

Mikael says COOL.
MERCI BIEN.

Mikael says FOR 60 YEARS, THIS MOTORWAY
HAS JUST MOVED ALL SORTS
OF AUTOMOBILES ROUND AND ROUND,
AND ROUND PARIS,
AND UNDERNEATH,
THE SPACE HAS BEEN COMPLETELY
NEGLECTED, UNUSABLE.
LOOK AT WHAT WE'RE DOING HERE!
REFUGEES FROM ETHIOPIA.
WE HAVE THE TYPICAL TRENDY
PARISIANS, WE HAVE ALL
THESE PEOPLE MEETING
UNDERNEATH A MOTORWAY.
THIS IS SPACE THAT BELONGS
TO THE CITIZEN OF THE CITY.

(music plays)

The next day, they meet Camille.

Camille is in her twenties, with long slightly wavy brown hair and wears gray trousers and a black T-shirt.

Mikael says CAMILLE! HELLO!

Camille says HI! NICE TO MEET YOU.
AND YOU. PLEASURE.

Mikael says THANKS FOR HAVING US.

Camille says HI! SORRY.

Mikael says WE'RE GOING TO PLAY FOOTBALL.
AND I'M GOING TO HURT TOMORROW,
PROBABLY. BUT... YEAH.

Camille says MAYBE. I MEAN, THEY'RE
A BIT AGGRESSIVE.

Mikael says THEY'RE A BIT AGGRESSIVE!
OH, GREAT!

A caption reads "Camille Gervais. President, Réfugiés Bienvenue."

Mikael says CAMILLE HAS FOUNDED
RÉFUGIÉS BIENVENUE,
WELCOME REFUGEES,
AN ASSOCIATION THAT MATCHES
A FAMILY WHO HAS
A ROOM TO SPARE
WITH A REFUGEE
IN NEED OF SHELTER.
DEVELOPS ALONG THE WAY.
THAT'S WHERE FOOTBALL
COMES INTO PLAY.

Camille says FRENCH PEOPLE ARE WELCOMING THEM
FOR ONE MONTH TO, WELL,
SOMETIMES A YEAR,
IN THEIR HOME, TO PROVIDE
THEM WITH ACCOMMODATION,
BECAUSE THEY'RE SUPPOSED
TO HAVE AN ACCOMMODATION
PROVIDED BY THE STATE,
BUT ONLY 40 PERCENT OF THEM
ACTUALLY DO GET
THIS ACCOMMODATION
BECAUSE THE CENTRES ARE ALL
FILLED UP. SO BASICALLY...

Mikael says IT'S OVER CAPACITY.

Camille says YEAH. SO THEY LIVE
IN THE STREETS, BASICALLY.
WE DON'T WANT THEM TO LIVE
IN THE STREETS, OBVIOUSLY.
AND THERE ARE SO MANY FRENCH
PEOPLE, PARISIAN PEOPLE
WHO ARE WILLING TO WELCOME
THEM INTO THEIR HOMES
TO BASICALLY PROVIDE THEM
WITH A TEMPORARY ACCOMMODATION
SO THAT AFTERWARDS THEY
CAN DO IT ON THEIR OWN.
BUT IN THE MEANTIME, TO HELP
THEM GET BACK ON THEIR FEET.

Mikael says RIGHT, RIGHT. JUST A HELPING
HAND UNTIL THEY... YOU KNOW...

Camille says EXACTLY.

Mikael says GET THEM OUT OF THE NEST,
AS IT WERE.

A clip shows Mikael and Felix playing soccer with the refugees.

Mikael says YOU CAN'T ROMANTICIZE IT,
BUT YOU CAN! ONE BALL,
PEOPLE FROM ALL OVER
THE WORLD JUST PLAYING,
JUST TRYING TO SCORE
A GOAL, JUST TRYING TO WIN,
BUT JUST ENJOYING THE MATCH.
AND ALL WE'RE GOING TO REMEMBER
IS TWO GOALS TO DENMARK.

Felix says YEAH.

Mikael says AMAZING!
AFTER THE GAME,
WE HAVE A DRINK
WITH PAPI WHO ARRIVED IN PARIS
TWO YEARS AGO FROM CONGO.

Papi is in his thirties, bald and with a goatee. He wears a white shirt under a brown sweater.

Subtitles read "When I first arrive, it was horrible."

Mikael says HORRIBLE.

Subtitles read "Because I didn’t know anybody and I had no home, until I met Camille. She’s the one that helped me through my entire story. She knew that I was homeless and I received a call saying: ‘I’m calling from Refugiés Bienvenue and are you still in need of a place to sleep?’ I said of course, yes. I’d been here almost a year and a half, and I’d been sleeping on subways, in the train station, and that call changes everything. From that moment, they introduced me to a family. That was the turning point of my life. I received my papers, I started working, and it’s been over a year now!"

Mikael says AND WHAT ARE YOU DOING NOW?

Subtitles read "Right now, I’m working at the Red Cross."

Mikael says THE RED CROSS?

Subtitles read "I’m trying to bring back my family, so I’m going to wait to welcome my wife and my kids."

Mikael says REFUGEE CRISES PRESENT
OUR SOCIETIES
WITH A HOST OF CHALLENGES,
BUT OUR CITIES ARE MAGNETS
FOR PEOPLE ALL OVER THE WORLD.
THEY ALWAYS HAVE BEEN.
THEY ALWAYS WILL BE.
YOU DON'T SOLVE
THE QUESTIONS OF IMMIGRATION
AND REFUGEE CRISES HERE
ON A FOOTBALL PITCH
BUT YOU DO SOMETHING VERY
SIMPLE: YOU MAKE PEOPLE
FEEL WELCOME.

(music plays)

Fouad walks down the street, He’s in his thirties, bald and clean-shaven and he wears a dark gray suit and a lighter gray shirt.

Fouad says high to some neighbours.

Subtitles read "I’m just going to say hi to someone. How are you?"

A man crosses the street.

Subtitles read "Very well. How are you?"

Fouad says I’M WELL.

Subtitles read "You’re doing well? Yes, taking it easy."

Mikael says THIS IS REALLY
A LIFE-SIZED NEIGHBOURHOOD
RIGHT FROM THE BEGINNING.
I MEAN, THE GUY HAS SAID HELLO
TO PROBABLY ABOUT
20 PEOPLE LITERALLY
SINCE WE FIRST ARRIVED
WITH THE CAR.
MAN, THAT'S A NEIGHBOURHOOD,
YOU KNOW.
SO FOUAD, LINDA, YOU BOTH
WERE BORN HERE AND GREW UP HERE?

Subtitles read "Exactly. Yes."

Linda is in her thirties, with shoulder length slightly wavy brown hair and she wears glasses, jeans and a gray turtle neck sweater.

Fouad says YOU GREW UP HERE?

Linda says YES.

Mikael says WE ARE 5 KILOMETERS
FROM PARIS. RIGHT?
DO YOU FEEL LIKE
YOU ARE A PARISIAN?

Linda says OF COURSE NOT.

Fouad says WHEN I’M ABROAD, I’M A PARISIAN.
WHEN I’M IN BOBIGNY, I’M NOT PARISIAN.

Linda says FOR PARISIANS, WE’RE FROM
THE SUBURBS. I WORK IN PARIS FOR LE
MONDE AND WHEN I SAY I’M FROM BOBIGNY,
THEY SAY: ‘REALLY? YOU LIVE IN 9-3?’

Mikael says THE POSTAL CODE?

Linda says EXACTLY. IT’S VERY NEGATIVE TO
OTHER PEOPLE, BUT FOR US I THINK IT’S...

Fouad says IT’S POSITIVE.

Mikael says IT'S POSITIVE. SO YOU CAN CALL
YOURSELF THAT, AND WITH PRIDE.

Linda says OF COURSE I’M PROUD!

A caption reads "Linda Mohammedi. Journalist."

The caption changes to "Fouad Ben Ahmed. Local Democracy Leader. City Hall of Bondy."

Mikael says EVERYONE HERE REMEMBERS
THE 2005 RIOTS, AFTER THE CONTROVERSIAL
DEATH OF TWO TEENAGERS TRYING
TO AVOID THE POLICE 10,000 CARS AND
AND 230 BUILDINGS WERE BURNT.
3,000 PEOPLE WERE
ARRESTED OVER THE COURSE
OF THREE WEEKS.
TO MANY PARISIANS,
THE BANLIEUE, A FRENCH
WORD FOR SUBURBS,
AND ESPECIALLY THE 93RD,
ARE STILL ASSOCIATED WITH
VIOLENCE AND POVERTY.

Mikael says THERE WERE SOME SERIOUS PROBLEMS
IN THIS NEIGHBOURHOOD
A COUPLE OF YEARS AGO.
BUT I MEAN,
NOW WHERE WE'RE WALKING,
THIS DOES NOT LOOK
LIKE THERE ARE MANY PROBLEMS.

Fouad says VIOLENCE IS A PROBLEM, I WON’T LIE ABOUT IT.
THERE ARE ROBBERIES, PURSE SNATCHINGS...BUT THE REAL VIOLENCE IN
THERE NEIGHBOURHOODS IS LIVING IN BUILDINGS LIKE THIS ONE,
PLAGUED WITH LEAKS AND FLOODING. APARTMENTS ARE COMPLETELY
DILAPIDATED. THAT COUNTS AS VIOLENCE, IT’S SOCIAL VIOLENCE.

Mikael says TELL ME ABOUT
THIS NEIGHBOURHOOD.
WHERE ARE
THE PEOPLE FROM ORIGINALLY?

Linda says THEY ARE FROM ASIA, PAKISTAN, AFRICA, ALGERIA, MOROCCO,
YOU KNOW?

Mikael says JUST A GOOD MIX.

Linda says A MELTING POT.

Mikael says A MELTING POT. AND IT WORKS.

Fouad says YES, IT WORKS. SO LONG AS PEOPLE HAVE WORK, SO LONG AS THEY CAN MAKE ENDS MEET, SO LONG AS THEY CAN BUY FRUITS AND VEGETABLES TO EAT, SO LONG AS THEY CAN PAY RENT. THAT’S WHAT MATTERS."

Mikael says SO WHEN YOU TALKED
ABOUT THE PAST,
BUT NOW WE'RE GOING TO SEE
MAYBE THE FUTURE.

Linda says EXACTLY.

Mikael says TELL ME WHERE ARE WE GOING NOW.

Linda says WE’RE GOING TO THE MISSION LOCALE. WE’RE GOING TO SEE 10 TEENAGERS.

Fouad says ACTUALLY, THEY ARE IN TRAINING TO GO ON THE JOB MARKET FOR LONG-TERM WORK.

Subtitles read "Hello, everybody! Hello!"

Mikael says DO THEY HAVE A DREAM JOB?

Linda says WHAT DO YOU WANT TO BE LATER ON?

A young woman says AN AIRPORT STATION AGENT.

Another young woman says I WANT TO BE A SALES MANAGER.

A young man says I’D LIKE TO BE A GAME DESIGNER.

Linda says A GAME DESIGNER?

The man says YES.

Mikael says VERY COOL.
WHAT WAS YOUR EXPERIENCE
OF GROWING UP IN 9-3?

Another young man says IT’S PROBABLY NORMAL, BUT WE WANT TO FOLLOW IN OUR OLDER BROTHERS’ FOOTSTEPS AT FIRST.

Linda says WHAT DO YOU MEAN?

The man says WE WANT TO BE LIKE THE TOUGH GUYS IN THE PROJECTS. WHEN WE GROW UP, WE UNDERSTAND THAT THERE’S MORE TO THAT IN LIFE. SO WE’RE HERE TO CATCH UP.

Mikael says I VISITED A NEIGHBOURHOOD
TODAY THAT HAS BEEN LABELLED
BY THE FRENCH MEDIA
AS THE EPICENTRE
OF EVERYTHING BAD IN
THE FRENCH SOCIETY,
POPULATED BY PEOPLE THAT
THE FORMER PRESIDENT SARKOZY
LABELLED AS RACAILLE,
WORTHLESS RIFF-RAFF.
ALL I SAW, WAS URBAN CITIZENS.
I MET A GROUP OF KIDS WHOSE
GREATEST WISH, LIKE KIDS
ALL OVER THE WORLD, IS JUST
AN HONEST SHOT AT A DECENT JOB,
AND TO BE INCLUDED IN
THE GRANDER VISION OF PARIS
THAT THE POLITICIANS IN
THE HEART OF THE CITY
TALK ABOUT.

(music plays)

Mikael says IT'S THE END OF THE WORKING
DAY FOR US HERE IN PARIS,
AND I THINK I'M ABOUT TO
CAST MYSELF HEAD FIRST
INTO SOMETHING
A LITTLE BIT CRAZY.
Mikael meets a group of bathers on the boardwalk.

Subtitles read "HI, everyone! Hello!"

Mikael says HELLO!
SALUT!

Mikael says HI
TOUT LE MONDE!
WHEN DID YOU START
JUMPING IN THE WATER?

A young woman says WE’VE BEEN DOING THIS FOR ABOUT THREE YEARS.

Mikael says THREE YEARS, YEAH?

She says WE LOVE SWIMMING WITH OUR FRIENDS HERE, ESPECIALLY DURING THE SUMMER. IT’S A LITTLE BIT LATE.

Mikael says IT'S OCTOBER!

A caption reads "Amadoi Dilallo, Julie Pacaud and Jules Romier. Baignades urbaine."

Amadou is in his early twenties, with short curly brown hair and wears khakis and a print dark gray T-shirt.

Julie is in her early twenties, with long straight light brown hair and she wears jeans and a black sweatshirt.

Jules is in his early twenties, with short curly black hair and a goatee and wears a blue T-shirt. early twenties, with short curly brown hair and wears khakis and a print dark gray T-shirt.

Julie is in her early twenties, with long straight light brown hair and she wears jeans and a black sweatshirt.

Jules is in his early twenties, with short curly black hair and a goatee and wears black shorts and a blue T-shirt.

Mikael says UNTIL RECENTLY, A MUNICIPAL
LAW BANNED SWIMMING
THOUGH THEY'RE TECHNICALLY
CLEAN ENOUGH TO SWIM IN.
JULES, AMADOU
AND JULIE HAVE CHANGED THAT,
ONE SWIM AT A TIME.
WITH THEIR FACEBOOK GROUP,
BAIGNADES URBAINES,
THEY HAVE BECOME
INSPIRING HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE
TO RECLAIM THE CANALS.

Mikael says BUT WHY IS IT IMPORTANT
TO BE ABLE TO JUMP IN
THE CANALS OF PARIS?
WHY DON'T YOU JUST GO
TO A SWIMMING POOL?

Julie says IT’S FOR THE EXPERIENCE. HERE, WE SWIM IN AN URBAN SPACE, YOU KNOW? IT’S VERY, VERY SPECIAL. YOU CAN SWIM AND SEE THE BUILDINGS. IT’S VERY NICE, ACTUALLY."

Jules says AND IT’S FREE.

Julie says AND IT’S FREE, YEAH.
YOU WANT TO COME WITH US?

Mikael says AND IT'S FREE.
I'M COMING WITH YOU.
I HAVE TO. THE DIRECTOR SAID
I HAD TO DO THIS. OF COURSE!

Amadou goes on a pizza floatie.

Mikael says IS IT COLD?

Julie says YES.

Mikael says O.K. GREAT!

Julie says SOMETHING LIKE 13 DEGREES.

Mikael says 13 DEGREES CELSIUS.
I MEAN, YOU CAN JUST SORT
OF STAND HERE AND WAIT
FOR THE CAMERA AND
TALK TO THE CAMERA,
OR YOU JUST JUMP, RIGHT?
O.K.
ALLEZ, LES BLEUS!

He jumps in the water.

Mikael says IT ALL STARTED WHEN THEY
TRAVELLED TO AMSTERDAM,
WHERE IT'S EASY
AND LEGAL TO SWIM
AT FIRST, ONLY A FEW
PEOPLE SHOWED UP.
BUT SUDDENLY, IT WAS 20.
THEN 50. AND NOW,
MORE THAN 300 PEOPLE DIVE
INTO THE CANALS AT EVERY EVENT.
BUT LET'S BE CLEAR:
THIS IS AN ACTIVITY
BEST SUITED FOR
WARM SUMMER DAYS.

Jules says DURING THE SUMMER, MORE AND MORE PEOPLE ARE FED UP OF BEING STUCK IN CROWDS. BARTS AND TERRACES ARE INCREASINGLY EXPENSIVE, SO WE HAVE TO FIND ALTERNATIVES. WE STARTED HANGING OUT BY CANALS, SO SWIMMING IN THEM WAS THE NEXT LOGICAL STEP. WE’RE PUSHED FURTHER AND FURTHER TOWARDS THE EDGE OF THE LIFT-BRIDGE.

Amadou says WHEN WE GO SWIMMING, WE GET A LOT OF WARNINGS FOR SAFETY REASONS. THE POLICE COME TELL US HOW DANGEROUS IT IS, THAT WE COULD DIE, THAT WE’RE IRRESPONSIBLE. BUT WHEN YOU’RE A GOOD ENOUGH SWIMMER, ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS BE MINDFUL OF OTHERS AND THERE ARE RARELY ANY PROBLEMS. I FEEL LIKE WE’RE DRUGGED WITH STRICT RULES.

Mikael says YOU ARE NOT JUST A GROUP
OF FRIENDS WHO JUST WANT
TO GO SWIMMING. I MEAN,
YOU ARE THINKING
ABOUT THE PUBLIC SPACE.

Julie says SOME OF US ARE TRAINED URBAN PLANNERS AND WE QUICKLY UNDERSTAND THAT THIS IS A GREAT WAY TO RECLAIM THE CITY.

Amadou says AS SOON AS IT’S HOT, OUR BARRIERS FALL COMPLETELY. PEOPLE THROW THEMSELVES INTO THE WATER. SOME PEOPLE WHO LIVE HERE NEVER KNEW THEY COULD ENJOY THE CANAL THIS WAY AND IT BRINGS EVERYONE GREAT JOY AND EXCITEMENT TO HAVE ACCESS TO THIS, RIGHT IN THE CITY.

Mikael says THIS IS REALLY
THE MOST REFRESHING WAY
TO END A FANTASTIC DAY
IN PARIS,
THE REBEL METROPOLIS.
THE LIFE-SIZED CITY.

(music plays)

On a bridge, Mikael says IT'S THE SAME BOAT
AS ON THE VERY FIRST DAY!
IT'S SANDRA! SANDRA!

Felix says SANDRA!

Mikael says SANDRA!

Subtitles read "I love you!"

Mikael says HOW ABOUT YOU, FELIX?
WHAT ABOUT THE PEOPLE THAT
WE'VE SEEN ON THE STREET?
THE PEOPLE THAT WE'VE MET
AND ALL THE PROJECTS THAT
WE'VE BEEN VISITING?

Felix says I THOUGHT IT WAS VERY COOL
THAT PEOPLE WERE DOING THAT.
AND I ALSO THOUGHT ABOUT WHY
WE WEREN'T DOING THE SAME
THING AT THE HARBOR
IN COPENHAGEN, WITH TRANSPORTING
VEGETABLES AND FRUITS.

Mikael says YOU SAID TO ME: "DADDY,
I WANT TO MOVE TO PARIS. I WANT
TO LIVE HERE AT SOME POINT."
WHY WOULD YOU WANT
TO MOVE HERE?

Felix says IT'S ABOUT HOW YOU CAN LIVE
ON A STREET WHERE
YOU KNOW EVERYBODY.
YOU GO DOWN TO YOUR LOCAL CAFÉ,
AND HAVE A COFFEE IN
THE MORNING, EATING A CROISSANT.
JUST KNOWING EVERYBODY.

Mikael says SO IT'S THAT LOCAL FEELING
ON WHATEVER STREET
YOU'RE LIVING ON.

Felix says YEAH.

Mikael says AND THE GIRLS?

Felix says YEAH, THEY'RE ALSO KIND OF NICE.

Mikael says WHAT DO YOU REMEMBER MOST
FROM THE LAST FIVE DAYS?

Lulu says THE FAMILY.

Mikael says THE FAMILY?
AND THE FOOTBALL.

Mikael says AND THE FOOTBALL.
BECAUSE OF THE WINNING GOAL,
RIGHT? FELIX TO DADDY, AND...
THAT'S ALL WE'RE GOING
TO REMEMBER FROM THIS TRIP.
WE CAME TO PARIS IN SEARCH
OF AN URBAN REVOLUTION.
WE'VE MET INSPIRING
URBAN CITIZENS,
LIKE IN MANY CITIES
AROUND THE WORLD,
WERE TRYING TO FORCE,
TRYING TO INSPIRE CHANGE.
AND HERE, THEY'RE RALLYING
AGAINST THE GREATEST HURDLE:
BUREAUCRACY AND AN ELITIST
POLITICAL SYSTEM.
THIS CITY IS A SURVIVOR.
IT'S A FIGHTER.
BUT RIGHT NOW, IT IS BALANCED
DELICATELY ON A RAZOR'S EDGE,
BETWEEN DOING ALL
THE RIGHT THINGS
IN THE MOST EPIC
AND VISIONARY WAY,
A WAY THAT WILL SET
THE STANDARD FOR CITIES
AROUND THE WORLD FOR
THE NEXT 100 YEARS...
AND FALLING UNDER THE WHEELS
OF EXTREME GENTRIFICATION,
TURNING THIS PLACE
INTO A PLAYGROUND
FOR THE RICH AND FAMOUS
AND A GLOSSY AMUSEMENT
PARK FOR TOURISTS.
THIS IS NOW, THIS IS WHERE
PARIS MUST DECIDE ITS FUTURE.

Music plays as the end credits roll.

Hosted by Mikael Colville-Andersen.

Directed by Myriam Berthelet, Nicolas Boucher and Michel D.T. Lam.

Series director, Michel. D. T. Lam.

Producer, Nicolas Boucher.

Produced in association with TVO.

Executive producers, Jane Jankovic and Natasha Negrea.

Logo: DBC2.

Copyright 2017.

Watch: Ep. 3 - Paris