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Spatial Planning and Sustainable Development Policy in France

Publication date:2013-11-17, Last updated:2013-11-17

The Interministerial Agency for Spatial Planning and Competitiveness (DIACT) and the Directorate of Development Policies at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs wanted to produce this brochure to provide some of the key information required to understand the ongoing
discussions and actions related with spatial planning in France. The brochure starts by presenting the main spatial planning players and describes their action within the context of the new objectives that were set at the end of 2002. France must strive to make itself economically attractive and competitive in order to develop its economy and create more jobs. But it must also ensure genuine national solidarity for the benefit of its disadvantaged regions.  This brochure then goes on to describe the policies aimed at achieving these objectives. Some of them focus on a particular sector, such as transportation, information and communication technology development, Competitiveness Clusters, etc., while other policies focus on particular types of environments, such as rural areas, cities, mountainous areas or coastal regions.  The final section deals with the crosscutting priority of sustainable development and two emblematic tools of spatial planning in France: the contractual approach and the planning process.