Right to Housing Law Passed in France
19 June 2007
On 22 February 2007, the French Parliament passed a law on the right to legal housing, making France the second European country to guarantee the right to housing after Scotland, according to the online journal lemoniteurexpert. com of 6 March. France's Prime Minister, Mr Dominique de Villepin, reportedly said in January he wanted the right to become legally enforceable by 2008. The law would apply in all situations, including the most difficult, such as with the homeless, working poor and single women with children. The right to housing issue was brought to the forefront with a campaign by Les Enfants de Don Quichotte (The Children of Don Quixote) which erected a tent city for the homeless spring up in the heart of Paris in late 2006.