Study finds surge in numbers of people in poverty in France

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A report released this month by an independent research body on social exclusion calculates that up to one million more people in France fell below the poverty line between 2005 and 2015. While the financial and economic crisis is largely responsible, the slight recovery of growth has had little, if any, effect on easing the numbers of poor, one third of who are children. Laurent Mauduit analyses the data.

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Over the past ten years in France, the number of people living below the poverty line has increased by almost one million, according to a study by the French NGO l’Observatoire des inégalités (Observatory of inequalities), an independent body which produces regular audits of social inequalities in France and abroad.