Category Archives: The crisis at the margins

L’histoire est dans la rue: L’Écotaxe and the Crisis in Brittany

Saturday 2 November witnessed a mass demonstration in Quimper, Brittany. Anywhere between 15,000-30,000 people were in attendance protesting for the suppression of the l’écotaxe in Brittany. This tax will target and charge the most polluting vehicles using the French road … Continue reading

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Exposing the real fraud behind ‘welfare-dependent France’

Par Mathieu Magnaudeix Welfare benefit fraud is currently a regular headline topic in the French media, and the ruling UMP conservative right party has made it a campaign issue for next year’s presidential and legislative elections. But are France’s welfare-dependent, … Continue reading

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Poor and powerless: the Paris suburb where slumlords rule the roost

By La rédaction de Mediapart The privately-owned, 1960s-built ‘Chêne Pointu’ housing estate in the run-down Paris suburb of Clichy-sous-Bois contains 1,500 apartments. Slumlords rule the roost here, where more than two-thirds of inhabitants live below the poverty line and insalubrious, … Continue reading

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Leading French charity sounds alarm over ‘unprecedented’ housing crisis

Michaël Hajdenberg There are now 3.6 million people in France who live in “very bad or no accommodation” and another 5 million facing precarious living conditions in the short- to mid-term, according to a report released this week by one … Continue reading

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On the road with France’s down and almost out

Elodie Berthaud Between 2005 and 2010, the number of people living with no fixed abode, either living homeless or in precarious conditions of accommodation, totaled 250,000, according to a report published this month by the French National  Institute of Statistics and … Continue reading

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