French study shows dire health results of energy deprivation among the poor

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An estimated eight million people in France live in cold habitations which they cannot afford to heat, causing them significantly more illnesses than those in comfortably-heated homes. That is the conclusion of the first-ever methodical and large-scale study of the problem in France, presented in a report by a leading French charitable association for the poor, the Abbé Pierre Foundation. As Jade Lindgaard reports, social workers and environmental activists largely agree that the issue, for long overlooked in France, should be recognised as an integral part of the country's policy on energy transition, due to be the subject of a bill of law before parliament next year.

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An estimated eight million people in France live in cold habitations which they cannot afford to heat, causing them to suffer significantly more illnesses than the wider population and which further exacerbate the suffering caused by economic poverty alone.