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subterranean Feb 1, 2018 4:21 PM

Fences in France
Sort of a random question that I didn't think needed its own thread, but I couldn't find a good place to put it.

Recently I was looking at Google Street View in towns all over France. Specifically, I was wondering what suburbs looked like around Paris, but that quickly disintegrated into just looking everywhere out of curiosity.

What I found was that all across France, it looks like almost every household has a front fence or wall with a gate in front of the driveway. It struck me as odd. Why is that? What cultural factors have contributed to this level of "defensible space"? Isn't it a pain in the butt to come home from a long day of work and have to open those gates to your driveways?

Minato Ku Feb 1, 2018 8:58 PM

It's because French like to have a private space.

mousquet Feb 6, 2018 5:10 AM

Fences arguably protect privacy in backyards.

I think front yard fences were originally something ornamental, although most fail to be so today.
Not everyone can afford a Louis xiv-style golden gate anyway.

Fact is they're just to keep people out of one's property now, to try to prevent burglaries, vandalism or any type of trespassing.

Even large multi-family buildings have front yard fences in many cases today.
That feels anti-urban and annoying.

Jonesy55 Feb 6, 2018 6:48 PM

I think detached homes in much of Southern Europe have similar walls and gates. Here in the UK those kind of homes often (but not always) have a short wall or fence but not very often a gate. The frontage of the home is usually on public display (and not often used by the residents I think except for parking) but the rear space is more often fenced off for privacy. Big walls and gates at the front is normally only for the largest houses here.

Gananlyn Jul 24, 2018 6:20 PM


Originally Posted by Minato Ku (Post 8070049)
It's because French like to have a private space.


EmiliNickson Aug 14, 2018 2:07 PM

This is common mostly for each European country.

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