Obligatory shelters in France?
May 24th 2009
Homeless organisations in France are opposing a plan to oblige rough sleepers to accept shelter during cold weather.
With three recent deaths in the Bois de Vincennes, Paris, the housing minister, Christine Boutin, proposed "obligatory shelter for homeless people when the temperature drops too low." The idea had the backing of the president.
Opposition to the plan was voiced within the government, with the prime minister saying that there was "no question of obligation."
Outside of government Augustin Legrand, of homelessness organisation Les Enfants de Don Quichotte [The Children of Don Quixote], claimed that the proposed plan was a way for the government to "hide misery away," saying Boutin would force the Paris's rough sleepers into gymnasiums or village halls without offering any other support.