Next year, Nantes will become the European Green Capital 2013. This November, the Cité des Ducs de Bretagne will host the annual Eurocities conference, gathering more than 135 European metropolises. After two decades of urban and cultural revolution, not to mention political communication, this is yet further proof of the Nantes’ continuing success. But is it really that simple? The city’s past is altogether more complicated. Investigation.

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