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Is former trade minister France’s most despised man?

Thomas Thévenoud, sacked for not declaring earnings for three years, is under pressure from all directions to stand down as MP.

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'Miniscule' Parisian apartment housed man for 15 years

A 50-year-old man had been paying rent of 330 euros a month for a flat that has a living area of just 1.56 square metres.

How the roof collapsed on French home ownership dream

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When he was elected in 2007, French president Nicolas Sarkozy presented an ambitious programme to increase home ownership in France, raising the number of French households that are owner occupiers from 57% to 70%.  But five years on, despite introducing tax breaks and interest-free loan schemes, the figure has inched to just 58%, a similar increase to the previous five-year presidential term. Ellen Salvi reports on what went wrong.