Municipal authorities across France prefer to pay fines rather than invest in deeply unpopular social housing projects because paying the fines is cheaper and helps win votes. Several cities are obligated by law to increase public housing.
It is a regular feature of Christmas in France and the posters are everywhere. Each year, one French charity, the Abbé Pierre Foundation (Fondation Abbé Pierre), posts grim pictures of extreme poverty and sub-standard housing.
Date created : 2010-12-20