With locations like Place des Vosges, an exclusive residential area in Paris, which has had long-term vacancies, the French government is hoping to be able to use the unused space to help satiate a shortage of social housing. Though some of the people who might be moving into the upper-income area are undesirable, it will help ease the upcoming winter for those who'd otherwise be stuck living on the streets.
With an average price per square metre of 16,000 euros, Place des Vosges, in the heart of Paris’ celebrated Marais district, is one of France's most exclusive residential areas.
But with winter on the doorstep, and more than 130,000 people on the streets or living in inadequate housing, the Socialist government plans to make Place des Vosges – among other parts of Paris – a little more inclusive.
Specifically, the government is targeting properties that have long been kept vacant in the capital city, many of which it may have the legal right to temporarily take over for social housing.