Paris | September 2015

EUR 32.90; EUR 5.99 (USD 6.73) for food.

This is based on per capita per-day basis of the poverty line for France and low-income household expenditure on food and non-alcoholic drinks.

In 2012, France’s poverty rate was 13.9%, totaling about 8.5 million people. Geography-wise, the North, South East and Seine-Saint-Denis metropolitan areas saw high poverty rates in 2012. And inequality rates were also most obvious in Paris, Hauts-de-Seine, in Haute-Savoie. In terms of household types, poverty rates are highest amongst single parent, large family and young family households. In June 2015, Unicef launched a report covering child poverty. It highlighted that France had over three million children living in poverty in 2012, and this group was drastically affected during the 2008-2012 global economic crisis.

France follows the EU relative poverty line, defined as 60% of the population’s median income. It also looks at poverty in terms of living conditions and the level of employment in households. Poverty figures are tracked by the National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies (INSEE), which conducts the annual taxable income survey and five-yearly family budget survey, and collaborates with Eurostat on the EU-Statistics on Income and Living Conditions (EU-SILC).

Note: Latest available standards and exchange rates were taken as of September 2015, when the photography was undertaken.

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