Temporary jobs and home helps – the future of France's former industrial workers

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Its last remaining inhabitants are swallows. Next spring the block of council flats that stands on avenue de l'Europe at Saint-Florentin in central-east France will be demolished, like many others before it. Apart from protected migratory birds, the building has been uninhabited for years and has stood as a grim symbol of an era that has all but vanished; the days when Saint-Florentin was a working town and proud of it.