French report warns of deepening, enduring poverty from Covid crisis

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The social repercussions of the Covid-19 crisis have deepened the conditions of poverty in which around 9 million people in France were already living before its onset, and has tipped a significant number of others below the poverty line, according to a study commissioned by the French government. Published this week, it warns of a ‘timebomb’ of pauperisation from the cumulative effects of the crisis which will endure even after a rebound in economic activity. Faïza Zerouala reports.

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The Covid-19 crisis has deepened the conditions of poverty in which around nine million people in France were living before the pandemic struck and has plunged into poverty a significant number of others, creating the prospect of an enduring spiral of destitution even after a rebound in economic activity, according to a detailed report presented to French Prime minister Jean Castex on Wednesday.