Covid plunges a million more in France into poverty

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Covid plunges a million more in France into poverty


A million more people have fallen into poverty in France since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, according to a charity group.
This is in addition to the 9.3 million people whose income is already below the poverty line of € 1,063 / month.

Secours Populaire Français, a nonprofit that fights poverty, said it helped 45% more people during the first lockdown of 2020.

The Banque de France anticipates an unemployment rate of around 11% in the first half of this year, against 8% at the end of 2020.

Bruno Morel, managing director of Emmaüs Solidarité, an association that supports the homeless, said he feared the pandemic would push even more people into poverty.

“The big worry we have for people without income, or who have a low income but who still live in housing, is that they quickly risk not being able to pay their rent and of being evicted,” he said. he declared.

Mr. Morel was encouraged by the decision to extend the winter break – an annual period in France during which, by law, owners cannot evict tenants.

It is usually in place during the winter of November 1 to March 31, but this year it has been extended until June 1.

He said other solutions had to be found as it means that many people, especially young people, could be left homeless in the summer.

“It’s difficult for these young people because a lot of them had unstable jobs and they have now lost their income.

“For this reason, many of them have had to rely on free food distribution services.”

He asked that the Active Solidarity Income (RSA) be open to everyone. People aged 18 to 24 are only eligible for RSA if they are single parents or have been working for a certain time.

“We hope the state realizes that the increase in people’s vulnerability may not be felt immediately but could occur in the months to come,” he said.

“Some people live off their savings, which they use up.

“Globally, there has been an increase in the number of people in financial vulnerability. Much effort has already been made and it is important that this does not end.

“This health crisis will have long-term economic consequences, especially for low-income people.

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