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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.

December 2008



Squatting empty homes

Let's stop the move-ons

2012 and all that

A grim prediction

Winter warning from Spain

A dozen overdoses

Credit crunch Christmas - young most at risk of homelessness

Obligatory shelters in France?

Five shot at homeless camp in LA

Lidl says sorry

Credit crunch Christmas - street sleepers double over six months

Squatting couple killed by teen brothers

Poncho is back

City move-on charity wins award

Alcohol-related death in Reading

Credit crunch Christmas - recession hits homeless charity

Royal visit

McKellen backs gay homeless charity

Russian bomb hoaxer seeks good food

Arlington House landlords under investigation

Secret suicide

Curating the homeless

The Terminal

Cold snap

What does the word 'recovery' mean?

The homeless heroes - the cast

Don't put your eggs in one basket!

Shelter Scotland is 40

The crunch that stole Christmas

Going for a song

Capital expenditure

Walk this way


Empty buildings warning

Affordable housing budget


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