Despite a strengthening of capacities of the poor, the cold wave hitting much of the France has killed several homeless. At least six homeless people died during the first cold snap of winter hit much of France, according to a report efectue Tuesday, December 30 in the evening. The deaths reignite debate about the poor housing.
Where do these homeless are they dead?
On Saturday, a SDF was found lifeless in Douai (North). He died in the hours that followed, probably hypothermia. He had repeatedly declined “hosting proposals” social Samu, said on Tuesday the northern prefecture.
The French Riviera is not spared by this cold wave: Mandelieu-la-Napoule (Alpes-Maritime), the body of a homeless 46-year Belgian was discovered Sunday morning in his tent. “The cold, combined with alcohol” and an icy wind seems the cause of death.
Then, on Sunday evening, a man, aged 50 years, died, “manifestly” because of the cold, place du Colonel Bourgoin, in the 12th arrondissement of Paris. Two other homeless people, who had taken refuge in a squat in Seine-et-Marne to protect against freezing temperatures, have died in a fire Tuesday morning, after probably tried to start a fire, police said.
A sixth homeless, also from Belgium, was found dead at a construction site of Rodez (Aveyron), where he was sheltered. He had made a makeshift shelter with materials of construction, stopped for a few days. The 42-year-old was known to police as a homeless person.
What are issued criticism?
The expected drop in temperatures and the establishment of an orange level of vigilance in different departments has led many cities to increase their emergency accommodation possibilities. Notwithstanding this measure, all the homeless are not supported. Associations blame the government for this lack of places in emergency accommodation structures.
“The device is not enough” , says Florent Gueguen, CEO National Federation of reception and reintegration associations. He denounced as “a lack of anticipation and preparation by the government.” Christophe Louis, president of the association for the slain of the street, also find that “the response of the authorities is late.”
“We is collective failure, it’s a disaster, “, complained of sonc side on BFMTV Christophe Robert, Deputy General Delegate of the Fondation Abbé Pierre. As for Jean-Baptiste Eyraud, spokesman for Housing Law, he moved the silence of the Minister of Housing Sylvia Pinel.
What are the answers?
Finally questioned on Europe 1, Sylvia Pinel regretted “terrible and dramatic situations.” She also assured that the government has consistently “trying to perpetuate alternatives. ” “Even if we can only note that these increased resources are insufficient to meet all demands” , she added.
Guest BFMTV of the Minister Health Marisol Touraine also reacted to the topic. The Government “is fully mobilized for the homeless” in this period of cold weather, she assured. “The urgency for us is beyond the cold period, work to create thousands of new permanent seats are planned in the months and years to come. It is a commitment” , promised Marisol Touraine.
The government also reaffirmed its “mobilization” in the fight against poverty and exclusion by the voice of Secretary of State in charge of the fight against exclusion, Segolene Neuville. “The government is extremely mobilized on these issues, both housing (…) but also on all issues related to poverty. We did not expect that it is cold to act on these issues “, she said during a visit to a Parisian winter shelter.
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