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Paris attempts to reclaim council homes from wealthy, well-connected tenants | World news | The Guardian

Paris city authorities are attempting to wrest back control of thousands of council-owned homes, many of them in the French capital's most exclusive areas, that have been let for decades at below market rents to wealthy and well-connected tenants.

Some of the apartments were reportedly given to politicians, their family members and friends more than 30 years ago by the city's then centre-right mayors.

With property prices and rents rising to beyond the reach of ordinary Parisians, the Socialist mayor, Anne Hidalgo, is determined to free up more council housing.

As well as a pledge to build more council homes, an audit has been carried out of 39,000 properties, owned and maintained by City Hall, known as "free rent" housing and outside official control.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Fri Dec 12th, 2014 at 03:33:50 PM EST
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It's not just "reportedly", it's a fact, a throwback to Chirac's abuse of power as mayor of Paris between 1977 and 1995. Mme Chirac's brother, for instance, has a nice little place in the Marais at give-away rent.

But these apartments are kind of bijou. What will Hidalgo do with them? Sell them and use the money to create new housing? Or, um, change the political colour of the privileged residents?

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sat Dec 13th, 2014 at 01:53:49 AM EST
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