France

Entrepreneurs du Monde's program in France

France: Geographical, historical and economic context

67 M inhabitants

22ème HDI ranking

82 years old life expectancy

France is now the fifth largest country in the world, thanks to its agricultural, industrial and tertiary resources.

French culture is marked by its diversity, the identity of its regions, borrowings from other peoples and its geographical, ethnic and political stability.

Nevertheless, the country has been running a budget deficit for the last ten years as a result of the 2008 global economic crisis, which caused record unemployment and job insecurity. As a result, more than 9 million people now live below the poverty line, and since the mid-2000s inequality has increased. This poverty affects mostly people living in difficult social conditions.

The unemployment rate is relatively stable. Although the situation of women has improved with better access to employment, they are particularly affected by precarious employment.

In addition, the economic crisis and the migration crisis that the country is also experiencing have led to a major housing crisis, with the number of homeless people increasing by 50% in 10 years.

Entrepreneurs du Monde in France

In 2015, Entrepreneurs du Monde moved its head office from Poitiers to Vaulx-en-Velin in the dynamic city of Lyon. Since then, the city of Lyon has been welcoming hundreds of refugee and Roma families into a situation where the number of people below the poverty line is growing significantly across the region, and where basic rights such as housing remain out of reach for many people.

During its strategic planning in September 2016, Entrepreneurs du Monde decided that it should begin activities in France, based on its core mission: helping particularly deprived families to become economically active through their own entrepreneurship whilst making it easier for them to access essential goods and services.

Two programs have been launched to date: ICI (Incubation-Creation-Inclusion), which supports very precarious people in launching their business in the restaurant sector, and Un Toit Vers l’Emploi, which helps homeless people return to work, in particular by offering them housing.