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Poverty on the rise across France amid Covid-19 pandemic

The food bank in the small town of Neufchâtel-en-Bray in northern France has been welcoming people from all walks of life. Shopkeepers, the self-employed and employees have all been hit hard despite the government's "partial unemployment" scheme.
The food bank in the small town of Neufchâtel-en-Bray in northern France has been welcoming people from all walks of life. Shopkeepers, the self-employed and employees have all been hit hard despite the government's "partial unemployment" scheme. © FRANCE 24

French charity Secours Catholique recently published its annual report on poverty. The NGO, which helped around 1.4 million people in 2019, estimates that their median income is €537 per month, well below the poverty line in France. Due to the Covid-19 crisis, people across job sectors have been left with little or no work, with many households slipping into poverty as a result. Our colleagues at France 2 report, with FRANCE 24's James Vasina.