'It's my last shot': French mayor on hunger strike to save town from bankruptcy

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In a desperate protest to save the public finances of his local administration, the mayor of Sevran, a town of 51,000 inhabitants situated just north-east of Paris, began a hunger strike this weekend outside the French parliament which he has vowed will only end when concrete reforms are made to ease the economic plight of France’s worst-off towns. In this interview with Renaud Ceccotti, he details his demands and explains how, after 11 years of battling with what he calls a "structural" financial shortfall, “we’ve reached the end.”

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In a desperate protest to save the public finances of his local administration, the mayor of Sevran, a town of 51,000 inhabitants situated 20 kilometres north-east of Paris, began a hunger strike this weekend outside the French parliament which he has vowed will only end when concrete reforms are made to helping the economic plight of France’s worst-off towns.