The tent of a homeless person, on the Place de Clichy,
Paris, December 29, 2017
Emmanuel Macron promised: „No one in the streets“ by the end
of the year. Yet a few hours before the deadline, many homeless
still face a freezing cold and associations believe that the
promise was „impossible“ to hold without additional
In Paris, Zkigniew spends the night outside the Ourcq canal,
waiting for a place in accommodation. A little further, a group
of three men settled under the subway line, near Stalingrad
They go to day care centers to eat and wash. One of them,
Pierre (the name has been changed), says that their social
worker has applied for accommodation: they are still waiting
for an answer.
During a speech in Orleans on the reception of migrants in
July, the President of the Republic declared: „the first
battle: to accommodate everyone with dignity, everywhere I want
emergency accommodation, I do not want any more women and men
in the streets „.
A promise „impossible to hold to date“ because „no serious
action has been taken“ said Friday morning RFI at the
microphone of the President of Emmaus France, Thierry Kuhn.
Monday, the DAL (Right to Housing) manifested under the
windows of the Ministry of Cohesion of the territories, in
charge of housing. The spokesman of the association
Jean-Baptiste Eyraud called the ministers Jacques Mézard and
Julien Demormandie to the resignation „because they failed in
the mission that gave them the president“.
In a video posted on his Twitter account on December 21, the
Cimade, an association that helps foreigners, also pointed to
the number of people still on the street. „It is noted that the
presidential speech is not followed by effects,“ told AFP
Jean-Claude Mas, secretary general of the association.
– „Continuity in failure“ –
„We have supported this strong will,“ explains Florent
Gueguen, director of the Federation of Solidarity Actors, „but
in the field, there is nothing new, no particular
mobilization.“ He denounces a „continuity in the failure“: „it
is necessary to put an end to this management of the
thermometer“, consisting of adapting the accommodation capacity
to the drops of temperature.
Tents of fortune installed along the Canal
Saint-Martin, December 24, 2017 in Paris
„There are 3,000 emergency shelter spaces missing,“
according to Eric Pliez, president of Samu Social. Because
every night, the 115 is saturated. In November, the barometer
of the 115 reveals that out of 35,380 requests for
accommodation, calls made by 5,900 people, only 25% were
On the eve of the deadline, the Ministry of Territorial
Cohesion responded on Friday that 9,000 emergency shelters were
opened this winter. In 2016, 10,000 places had been opened,
according to Florent Gueguen.
In total, 140,000 places are available throughout the
country „is 13,000 more than last year,“ according to the
ministry. In addition to these places, 80,000 are for asylum
„The important difference is that this year, the government
has not committed to perpetuate places,“ denounced Mr. Gueguen.
The Federation is asking the executive to „sustain at least
5,000 seats“ in 2018.
The state „must have a knowledge of the public who live on
the street“ and „put the means to develop dignified places of
accommodation with social workers, not just dormitories“, says
Aurélie el Hassak-Marzorati, director Deputy General of Emmaus
The ministry also announced that 500 additional places will
be opened in Paris „between December 26 and January 15“.