The fight to allow France's poor a dignified burial


Funeral costs in France can often be beyond the means of the least well-off and their surviving relatives. In one region an association has teamed up with an insurance company to offer low-cost cover to ensure that the poor can organise a dignified final ceremony. In other areas local associations are naming and shaming local councils in a bid to force them to carry out their legal obligations to provide decent burial arrangements for the most disadvantaged. Mathilde Goanec reports.

Second Paris gunman buried in secret

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Chérif Kouachi, 32, was buried amid tight security overnight Saturday in an unmarked grave in the Paris northern suburb of Gennevilliers.

Paris attacks gunman Saïd Kouachi secretly buried in unmarked grave

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The gunman, who with his brother perpetrated the January 7th massacre at the Charlie Hebdo offices, was buried in Reims, where he lived.

Roma baby to be buried in France as inquiry launched

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Mayor of Champlan denies refusing to bury baby but apologises as saga continues to spark row and child is buried in nearby town.

French mayor refuses to bury dead Roma baby

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Right-wing mayor of Champlan near Paris provoked outrage for blocking burial of the baby, who will now be laid to rest in neighbouring town.

French Jews increasingly opt for burial in Israel

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Religious, emotional and practical reasons are behind the trend that has developed over the past decade, even involving reburial from French graves.