A night of solidarity to send out an SOS about France’s homeless problem.Some 30 associations organised a rally in Paris to call for urgent action to help those living on the streets or in squalid conditions. It’s estimated about 100,000 people in France are homeless, and many more are living in terrible conditions. Augustin Legrand from the association “Les enfants de Don Quichotte” said: “There are three million people living in squalor, in caravans, in unsanitary housing, in their cars.” With the onset of winter, there is also grave concern about those who risk their lives on the streets. And the threat is not just the freezing conditions. Homeless rights campaigner Cécile Rocca said: “I think we had close to 400 deaths in 2008, and this year we’ve already seen 310. Many violent deaths, by accident, suicide, and sometimes assaults.” The rally in Paris and others held in other centres are aimed at raising public awareness, but also to push politicians and local authorities to do more to tackle the homeless problem.
Rally in Paris against homelessness