Monthly Archives: August 2011

Social housing, a shelter for single-parent families

On January 1st 2009, France had 4.4 million units of social housing, an increase by 1% compared to 2008. This increase has been rather steady for the last 10 years. In the same time, the housing turnover has been reduced: … Continue reading

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What French people want : individual liberty and social cohesion

Individualistic, conservative, always dissatisfied, not to say grumpy : these are ones of the many unflattering words used to qualify the French state of mind. Some of these terms are clichés and need to be put into perspective. A recent … Continue reading

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A survey among welfare services – The young, the elderly and housing problems : three priorities for social action

In 2007, in Metropolitan France, 8 million people, 13.4% of the country population, could be considered as “financially” poor. In 2006, 3.6 million households, 14% of the total number of households, lived in bad housing conditions. In early 2009, more … Continue reading

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Senior citizens, a neglected target

Today, one third of the French population is over 50. For the last ten years, the ratio of senior citizens in the population has been increasing by 1.8% a year, much more than 0.3% for the twenty previous years. For … Continue reading

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Forest landlords are attached to their patrimony but not much interested in trading it

The French forest has been spreading for decades: its surface has increased by 10% in the last twenty years and now covers 30% of the French territory. As confirmed by the Grenelle de l’Environnement (an open multi-party debate about environment) … Continue reading

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