The social situation is deteriorating in France, according to an Ipsos study for the Secours populaire published on September 6. One in five French people say they live surrounded by nature and one in two would not be able to put money aside.
“Close to one (French) in five (18%) live uncovered, a figure up three points in one year! In its 17th annual barometer of poverty and precariousness for the Secours populaire, published on September 6, Ipsos draws up the observation of “a situation which continues to worsen in France”.
Among the areas tested, health is the most strongly affected. Thus, 45% of people questioned said they had difficulty paying for certain medical procedures, an increase of six points over one year.
Next come energy expenditure with 43% of respondents struggling to pay their bills, up four points. Same proportion concerning the purchase of fresh fruits and vegetables. More generally, on the question of food, nearly one in three French people (32%) declares having difficulty “obtaining a healthy diet” allowing them to eat three meals a day.
Precariousness: rising indicators
Much more pronounced proportions and increases, since Ipsos restricts its field of study to households receiving less than 1,200 euros in net monthly income. The latter are then respectively 63% and 57% to declare having difficulties to pay for certain medical procedures and to obtain a healthy diet allowing them to have three meals a day. Two indicators which, in one year, have jumped ten points.
Among the other figures put forward by the polling institute: nearly six out of ten French people say they have been in a precarious situation at some point in their life and 67% believe that one of their relatives is in a situation of poverty, an increase of two points over one year.
Faced with this difficult social situation, Ipsos highlights a more positive trend: the two-point increase in the number of French people (67%) saying they are “ready to get personally involved to help people in precarious situations”.
Since the beginning of 2021, France has been faced with almost constantly accelerating inflation. According to INSEE figures published at the end of August, food prices alone jumped 11.1% over one year.
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