Hell on Earth.
Michael Totten has this very revealing look at the real France. Not the one you see in pictures. He details the differences in the old style of archetecture, the one that you see in pictures, and the new style, made famous by Le Corbusier. The new style, apparently is boxish, soviet like, and drives your spirit into the ground. The grand old Paris is now just a small part of the ugly landscape that is modern Paris.
He also talks about the problems of immigration and how those who live in those dreary suburbs feel about those who live in the ivory towers of central Paris.