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The contemporary debates on urban densification, the residential attractiveness of city centres and the fight against urban sprawl, the objectives being a matter of broad political consensus, usually remain little related to any questioning of the social content of the processes at work in the territories concerned. There is however food for thought here since numerous studies have raised the topicality of the gentrification process of certain popular central residential districts as well as the relegation of precarious populations towards other districts, in city centres or peripheries.