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Old Posted Feb 1, 2018, 4:21 PM
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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?
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Old Posted Feb 1, 2018, 8:58 PM
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It's because French like to have a private space.
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Old Posted Feb 6, 2018, 5:10 AM
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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.
Ils ne savaient pas que c'était impossible, alors ils l'ont fait.
They didn't know it was impossible, so they did it.
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Old Posted Feb 6, 2018, 6:48 PM
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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.
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Old Posted Jul 24, 2018, 6:20 PM
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It's because French like to have a private space.
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Old Posted Aug 14, 2018, 2:07 PM
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This is common mostly for each European country.
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Old Posted Sep 15, 2021, 5:06 PM
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In France, it is not customary to build a high fence around the house, and a Frenchwoman is more likely to say that the fence is only necessary so that the child does not run out of the yard onto the road. But a high wrought-iron fence is also common in the French construction tradition, which does not hide, but protects well, usually government offices. Such a concept as a French fence, which can be of two types, has become known all over the world. The first is a blank wall made of the so – called "French stone" - concrete blocks made by the method of vibropressing, invented in France.I studied this topic when I was going to install a fence on my site. I also found good professionals from everlastgates.com and I was very satisfied.
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