Young people “on the front line” of the worsening poverty crisis in France, according to a new report


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                La pauvreté empirait en France avant même que la crise des coronavirus ne fasse dérailler l'économie, selon un nouveau rapport qui avertit les jeunes sont en première ligne de la nouvelle récession.

                                    <p>L'Observatoire des inégalités - une organisation indépendante - exhorte le gouvernement à faire plus pour aider les plus défavorisés de la société.

High unemployment, low wages and job insecurity have created large disparities between 20-24 year olds, who are less likely to be on permanent contracts or to have the support of a spouse.

“Young people will suffer most of the economic repercussions of the coronavirus crisis,” said Louis Maurin, president of the observatory.

In the absence of data available since 2020, the report seeks to anticipate the effects of the crisis based on the latest figures available.

He is referring to a poor among the poor, with 2.2 million people living on less than 708 euros per month. Such miserable conditions, according to the report, are unacceptable for one of the richest countries in the world.

” For [these people], it is impossible to live with dignity, and in particular to find accommodation without additional income: help from relatives, friends, odd jobs or undeclared work.

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A homeless man sleeps on the sidewalk of rue St Honoré in Paris on April 21, 2020. AFP – CHRISTOPHE ARCHAMBAULT
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The report comes on the back of warnings that more than 10 million French people will be living in poverty by the end of the year due to Covid.

French charity Catholic Secours said mandatory expenses such as rent, utilities, medical care, clothing and food have become burdens the welfare system has been unable to relieve. .

In a study released earlier this month, the Catholic nonprofit said families in distress were forced to choose between paying rent or buying groceries.

However, measuring the full impact of Covid-19 on families in 2020 will not be possible until fall 2022, the observatory said.

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