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La numérotation des routes françaises. : Le sens de la nomenclature dans une perspective géographique

Abstract : French road numbering is part of an historical process, influenced by technical and political events. The basis of the French system was laid down by Napoleon's government. Road numbers which had for a long time a rather restricted use for administrative or maintenance purposes gained public relevance with the expansion of bicycles and cars at the very beginning of the 20th Century. During the 70s the development of the French motorway network greatly affected the geography of the inherited system. A large number of former national roads were declassified, throwing the former order into confusion. At the same time new trends in numbering appeared that bear witness to an important shift in ordering territories : less reference is made to the centre by a locally-conceived approach, including the regionalisation of motorways and a very discreet acknowledgement of the European road system.
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Antoine Beyer. La numérotation des routes françaises. : Le sens de la nomenclature dans une perspective géographique. Flux - Cahiers scientifiques internationaux Réseaux et territoires, Metropolis / Université Paris-Est Marne la Vallée 2004, pp.17-29. ⟨halshs-00632859⟩

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