France government backed legal right to housing

On January 3, 2007, the government of France announced that it would officially recognize French citizens' legal right to housing. In an official statement, French Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin indicated that a draft law would implement the legal right in two stages — first for those deemed to be the most needy by December 2008, and for all others with insufficient housing by 2012. Then French Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy and Social Party presidential candidate Segolene Royal also expressed their support for fighting homelessness in France. The announcement came in response to a protest campaign led by the advocacy group Les Enfants de Don Quichotte, who drew attention to the issue of homelessness in France by camping out in red tents in Paris during December 2006.

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