France: More than 3mn Children Live below Poverty Line

France: More than 3mn Children Live below Poverty Line

More than three million children living in France, or one in five, live below the poverty line, according to a new report by UNICEF published on Tuesday.
The UN agency devoted to children’s rights revealed that around 30,000 children in France are homeless, while 9,000 live in slums and 140,000 drop out of school each year.
Its report said that between 2008 and 2012, an additional 440,000 children under 18 joined the ranks of the poor as their families were hit by the global economic crisis.
“Our report is an alarm bell that should encourage authorities to take urgent and more efficient actions to improve the life of every child,” said Michèle Barzach, president of UNICEF France.
Children face the brunt of economic inequalities with “disastrous consequences for their future and that of society,” Barzach added.
UNICEF also criticized France’s educational system, saying it was only widening the gap between the rich and the poor. It said economic inequalities were exceptionally sharp between mainland France and the country’s overseas territories.

Independent