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France: Benoît Hamon calls President Macron a “specialist in counterfeits”, when referring to basic income

Benoît Hamon   Benoît Hamon, a former representative of the Socialist Party in France, and who ran for the French presidency in 2017 on ideas like legalizing cannabis, euthanasia, protecting “common goods” (water, air, biodiversity) in the Constitution and basic income. He lost that first run at the presidency, but is still politically active through the recently formed party named

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France: The Gironde region’s path to a basic income experiment

Since the beginning of 2017 that basic income has been on the political agenda in Gironde, a southwestern region in France. At that time, several Administration task groups worked together, from December 2016 up to February 2017 to reflect on the possibility of implementing a basic income policy in Gironde. Those groups included social network representatives, entrepreneurs, social workers and

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FRANCE: The Universal Basic Income proposition from French Presidential Candidate Benoît Hamon, explained

Benoît Hamon. Credit to: L’opinion.   Though Socialist candidate Benoît Hamon did not make it to the second round of the French presidential election, he has attracted attention through his proposal for a version of universal basic income (UBI). An article by the French Economic Observatory (OFCE) explores the way Hamon’s UBI proposal might be implemented into an existing French

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FRANCE: French minister Ségolène Royal backs Hamon’s basic income proposal

The French Minister of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy, Ségolène Royal, has expressed some support for Socialist candidate Benoît Hamon’s basic income proposal, and noted that the idea has been “unjustly caricatured”. As recently covered by Basic Income News, Hamon’s proposal involves introducing an unconditional basic income of 600 euro per month for young people in 2018, before eventually rolling

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FRANCE: Thomas Piketty, “Basic income or fair wage?”

(Image Credit: Le Monde) Thomas Piketty, Professor in the Paris School of Economics and author of Capital in the 21st Century, in his blog (in Le Monde) reports “there is a degree of consensus in France” on the provision of a minimum income. French citizens are for it. For the minimum income, Piketty says disagreements exist around the amount. The

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FRANCE: Piketty’s comments on basic income cause confusion

Renowned French economist Thomas Piketty, best known for his 2013 book Capital in the Twenty-First Century, has been making headlines for his positive comments regarding basic income in a number of blog posts. However, the approach he proposes is not basic income as it is commonly understood. In a blog post published on 13 December, Basic income or fair wage?,

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