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Latest update : 2013-11-15

France: struggling to get by

How do you make ends meet in France on less than 800 euros a month? That's the reality for Mayan, Emilie, Noëlle and Kevin. Whether it's because of part-time contracts, illness or unemployment, their daily lives have become an uphill struggle. France 24 went to meet them.

A few years ago, Noëlle was a successful entrepreneur who earned a good living and employed several people. Her life was turned upside down after a serious health problem. Today, she only manages to put food in her fridge thanks to a charity, Les Restos du Cœur.

Emilie is a young mother. After living in an apartment with her boyfriend, she now lives on a campsite.

Kevin used to be a waiter. He is now homeless, forced to beg to get something to eat and to squat in lobbies to sleep.

Last but not least, Mayan is a cleaning lady on an unstable contract. She wants to work more hours and does not mind getting up at the crack of dawn to get to her workplace.

Mayan, Emilie, Noelle and Kevin, who come from all social backgrounds, are among the new faces of poverty in France.

By Didier BARRAL , Camille PITRON



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