In France 'the poorer you are, the poorer you get'


The charity Oxfam recently sounded the alarm about an explosion in wealth inequality across the world. Academic Patrick Savidan says that France, which once resisted this trend, is now in the same boat as other developed nations as the gap between wealthiest and poorest grows wider. Savidan, who co-founded a commission to monitor inequality, explains in an interview with Mediapart's Dan Israel that while the rich have long been getting richer in France, the latest development is that the poor are now getting poorer too.

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In mid-January the charity Oxfam raised the alarm about growing inequalities between rich and poor in the world. Yet what is the situation in France? In 2003 the French philosopher Patrick Savidan co-founded the Observatoire des Inégalités, a body to monitor and produce studies on this important issue. In the summer of 2015 it published a major report that sought to describe the current position in France.