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Anti-squat rentals come to France

By Sarah Elzas

France, and especially Paris, has a chronic housing problem. There are too many people, and not enough places to live. The Socialist government has introduced the idea of taking over empty commercial buildings and turning them into social housing. But although this might appear as a good idea, it takes time. RFI looks at a company that is bringing an idea from the the Netherlands to France: house people temporarily in empty offices.

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