the essential TV host Stéphane Bern, who has lived in Paris for forty years, is moving from the capital. He can no longer stand the lack of cleanliness, the noise and the attitude of Parisians.
“I can’t take it any longer,” says Stéphan Bern. What does he reproach the City of Light with? “Dirt, holes in the road, noise and above all violence. You have to hear how people talk to each other. Traffic is an incredible source of tension,” explains the head of the heritage safeguarding mission in an interview with Parisian. Besides dirt, he no longer supports “the war on the wheels” of bicycles, scooters and motorcycles which represent a danger, he explains, for children, the elderly or suburban craftsmen who have to come to work in Paris.
Stéphane Bern denounces “a certain ugliness” of Paris. He cites pell-mell “the replaced Davioud benches” (the public benches), “the old kiosks” or “the fountains of the Champs-Elysées” for which he affirms: “It’s still very ugly”. And no question of accusing him of living in the past: “Changing things, I have nothing against but not if it is to destroy our visual heritage”.
The TV host does not blame the mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo, who however has “her share of responsibility, but on the users, these millions of Parisians and Ile-de-France residents who live and work in the capital.
A citizen movement called #SaccageParis, born last April, regularly denounces dirt, damage to the environment or urban development.