Posted: 25/07/2014 at 14:20
No. My experience of London is that no matter where you are on the course - it is crammed full of people and very difficult to get into a good pace early on (unless you're a speedy one - less than 3.15).
In Paris - they set you off in waves. This means that you are taking a little longer to get across the line BUT it means that there are not so many people around you and you can run more freely.
Take into consideration: London has 36,000 runners and Paris over 40,000... it makes a huge difference. I also had the issue with London that i was a 5hr runner and I was constantly battling people who had started out way too far forward in the pens. In Paris I dont notice this as much.
Scenery is probably around the same. Where you have one nice building in london you get the same in paris. The crowd support in both in awesome and you dont need to worry about the french aspect. There's so many english around that i think i heard it more than french!