Nov 17, 2012 France_Euro crisis creates hardships for French elderly

Category : Seniors & Elderly
Nov 17, 2012 France_Euro crisis creates hardships for French elderlyby Roxy-Publishingon.Nov 17, 2012 France_Euro crisis creates hardships for French elderlyWith the financial crisis raging across the EU, countries including France are finding it harder to provide for their senior citizens. Pierre Siville worked as an engineer for over four decades. Having retired, he says he sometimes cannot afford to buy food with his pension. “I now have 600 euros monthly to live. In Paris […]

With the financial crisis raging across the EU, countries including France are finding it harder to provide for their senior citizens.

Pierre Siville worked as an engineer for over four decades. Having retired, he says he sometimes cannot afford to buy food with his pension.

“I now have 600 euros monthly to live. In Paris I pay more than 600 euros for housing”, he told RT.

Hundreds of thousands of pensioners across the country are in the same boat as Pierre, says the chairman of a large charity which is trying to help.

“The number of seniors turning to us for help has increased considerably in all regions of France. It used to be only in the North, but now all regions are affected… But now, with the crisis hitting the young, seniors find themselves isolated, with no help”, Julien Lauprêtre explained.

But now these struggling people are in for another blow. Starting next year, the pensions of over 10 million French will be taxed, according to the minister for the elderly. This will amount to 0.15% of monthly payments, and the new government believes this will generate 350 million euros annually for the social security fund. But economists believe it’s pointless.

“What the government is trying to do now is by all means reach the 3% deficit threshold which it promised to Brussels and they’re trying to find like every single penny. It’s the easy way, because pensioners don’t have a say”, says French economist Frederic Bonnevay.

The Great Day of Annihilation

Elderly passerby stops abduction attempt outside tobacco store

Elderly passerby stops abduction attempt outside tobacco store
October 13, 2015: A French elderly passerby has been caught on camera saving a delivery man from being thrown into the back of a car in an attempted kidnapping.
Elderly passerby stops abduction attempt outside tobacco store
The intervention of an elderly passerby saved a delivery man from a potential kidnapping in a remarkable Friday morning attack on the French-Belgian border.

CCTV shows the truck driver stopping to make a delivery at a tobacconist last week, before two men approach him.

The driver is seized by the throat and dragged down the street as a silver sedan pulls up and pops open its boot.

As the two thugs frisk the victim for a set of keys an elderly man in a coat and hat steps in to try and separate them.

Unable to find the keys and unwilling to strike the old man, the pair jump into the silver sedan which reverses quickly down the street.

Police were called but the would-be abductors have not been arrested.

The street literally marks the border between France and Belgium, with the tobacconist located on the Belgian side of the road.

Belgian tobacco stores on the border typically sell a lot of cigarettes because of substantially lower taxes than in France. The video was posted on Facebook by Filip Dekeerle on Saturday, and it has already been seen by 314,000 people.

© ninemsn 2015
Video Rating: / 5

Share

Related Posts

Comments are closed.