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Welfare Reform on the Web (September 2003): Care of the Elderly - Overseas

PARIS PONDERS ABOLISHING A HOLIDAY TO HELP ELDERLY

J. Johnson

Financial Times, Aug.28th 2003, p.6

France is contemplating abolishing one of its 12 public holidays to finance better care for the elderly following the August heat wave which may have killed 10,000 people. The French prime minister has floated the idea of putting the extra social security contributions which the government would receive from scrapping a public holiday towards financing old people's homes.

(See also Guardian, Aug. 28th 2003, p.18)

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