Friday, January 12, 2007

Inside the Ministry of the housing crisis!


You remember the tents on the Canal Saint Martin, to support homeless people? Well there is more... Three associations have now decided to squat a huge building (1 000 sq m2 - 10 760 sq ft) near La Bourse to create a "Ministry of the housing crisis". Ironically this building belongs to a bank who left it empty for 3 years. The "Grand opening" was last evening and, of course, PDP was there. The atmosphere was rather festive: lots of artists, lots of press and lots of supporters... It may seem odd that anyone can walk into a building and settle down, but, in France, if you can prove you've lived in a place for more than 48 hours it is very hard to throw you out (see here a complete guide to squatting! - in French, sorry...). And more photos here.

27 comments:

  1. Wow! 48 hours and you're in? Good to know. Now maybe I can just move there, find a place and move in. Rent is for suckas!

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  2. Amazing France!
    Thanks Eric for the tip... and for the complete guide to squatting: very instructive!...

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  3. 48 hours! That's incredible. That must be pretty easy to do i would think. Maybe i'll get my Paris apartment after all then... thinks...

    Good the building is being used though i think, on a serious note.

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  4. Sorry about the repeat comment. I couldn't get Beta to take it and now hours later, I found both "took". I am so happy that the wonderful French are taking action to help the homeless. Good old JC is coming through for them. Jacque Chirac not the other JC. LOL
    I wish our esteemed leader would do something besides sending more troops to die in Iraq. Maybe this is his method of reducing the number of homeless! Incredible!!

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  5. Solidarity brothers and sisters.
    matt
    http://socialist-courier.blogspot.com/

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  6. THE SCOOP Eric!
    pas de dépêche sur la toîle pour l'instant et rien sur les ondes...reste à voir sur les chaînes d'information continue.
    en tous cas, merci pour l'info and... congrats.

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  7. Great job, Eric. Journalism at its best. Real journalism. I'll listen tomorrow morning to see if National Public Radio does a follow up on their story about the tents. They need to work fast to keep up with PDP!!

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  8. Very interesting Eric. How on earth do you find these events? And where is that photo of the scooter Lynn (I believe) has been asking about?

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  9. Looks like another excuse for a party to me. Shame shame shame.

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  10. 48 hours, boy, I wish I could read that guide!
    And Jeff, thanks for your post a while back on the Hemingway site.
    Paul

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  11. This is such a great photo - the movement, urgency of it, all seem to be there with a purpose and i think in black and white it tells so much more.

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  12. Well désolé Lynn, i'm afraid things won't be that easy for you to find an appartment in Paris :
    http://www.lemoniteur-expert.com/depeches/depeche.asp?t=3&acces=0&id=DB3A065B5&mode=0

    … just in case you might be interested by the ideas of the guy who pretends to be next french Pdt.

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  13. Hello guys! I have some questions. I mean need some help.
    Where i can read more about this problema?
    Please, don't derect me to http://google.com i know about it.
    Please derect me with some links.
    thanks!
    UCAKK^^

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  14. you don't say which problema, anonymous!?

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  15. Oh squatters! The ones here in KL have little villages. The authorities have been relocating them into low-cost flats for years now. It's good to know that the have a 'ministry' in Paris :)

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  16. Woah, am I back in Berkeley? Evocative "you are there" shot. I love it!
    -Kim

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  17. What a festive scene! Hurray to the ministère de la Crise du logement for taking over the building.

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  18. I'm not quite sure I understand Eric. Is this a kind of manifestation (protest) or is there a real ministry being set up there?

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  19. No Michael, it's NOT a real ministry. It's a bunch of people (namely extreme left associations) who decided that the housing situation in France was too hard and that they were legitimate in taking over an empty building.

    Needless to say that not everybody agrees with them...

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  20. I'm posting this several days later after the passing of Abbé Pierre here in France. I just thought it would be appropriate.

    If you want to know more about him, here's a summary of his life, compliments of Elisabeth.

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  21. http://www.adquity.com

    Classifieds for our community. Buy, sell, trade, date, events... post anything. Adquity Classifieds.

    http://www.adquity.com

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  22. http://www.adquity.com

    Classifieds for our community. Buy, sell, trade, date, events... post anything. Adquity Classifieds.

    http://www.adquity.com

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  23. http://www.adquity.com

    Classifieds for our community. Buy, sell, trade, date, events... post anything. Adquity Classifieds.

    http://www.adquity.com

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