France in focus

The story behind social housing in France

In France, some 10 million people live in HLMs or "habitations à loyer modéré": subsidised homes for those whose income is below a certain level. By law, at least 20% of housing in every town across the country must be an HLM. But even so, demand exceeds supply. As a result, new initiatives are being launch to meet demand. We take a closer look.