Foreign News: The Sheltering Sky

France, long one of the most enlightened nations in the world, is backward to the point of primitivism when it comes to putting a roof over people's heads. A fort night ago Socialist Deputy Albert Gazier, member of the Committee for Economic Affairs, submitted a shocking report to the French National Assembly: "The average age of buildings in Paris is 83 years. One-quarter of all apartments have no running water. The number of Parisians who are forced to live in single hotel rooms is estimated at 400,000.

"In the provinces, [the average age of buildings] is 120 years. Of a rural popula...

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