Posted on 1/6/2022 5:00 PM Updated on 1/6/2022 5:00 PM
Special Envoy / France 2
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They earn too much to be entitled to aid, but not enough to be able to do without … On January 6, 2022, “Special Envoy” gives the floor to these French people whose standard of living plummets with each rise in prices, representatives of a middle class that feels more and more downgraded.
Laetitia and Nicolas live in the Paris region. Parents of an only child, Jules, 9, they are not entitled to any state aid. They are part of the middle class, have an income that they consider to be correct, but the regular decrease in their budget worries them. In August 2021, to do their shopping, they decided to change supermarkets: they now go to a discount store, which allows them to reduce their spending. A team of “Special Envoy” followed them there.
This change “out of necessity” was accompanied by a “feeling of anger”, confides Laetitia, frustrated at not being able to choose her food store “out of conviction”. The drop in their purchasing power forces them to calculate to the nearest euro, to compare labels, to choose the promotional snacks for Jules, or to prefer the overpriced ground beef steak …
“We have the impression that we are not making a good living”
“We have the impression of regressing. To go back a bit. Normally, we should move forward, regrets Nicolas. Yes, we are disappointed, we have the impression of not making a good living, compared to at household expenses. “
These constraints are all the same the opportunity for a little game during the checkout: who will guess the amount of the bill? That day, it is Nicolas who comes closest to the total of 96 euros. A sum which remains “not insignificant”, but which represents half of what they spent in the previous sign.
Extract from “Middle class: the anger of the unaided”, a report to see in “Special Envoy” on January 6, 2022.
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