Jun 2, 2021
Vive La France — The Land Trusts, The Movements & The Housing Police
Play • 43 min

The Filmmaker and the Advocate are taken on a tour of exciting developments in France — community land trusts, new social housing and a newly minted housing Brigaid taking on Airbnb and landlords who don’t follow the law. 

Marc Uhry, one of France’s leading housing activists has moved from advocate to implementor of his own ideas, now as councillor and close adviser to the Mayor of the small city of Villeurbane.

France officially recognized the right to housing in domestic law in 2007. But good law hasn’t translated into good conditions. At least not yet. With the price of land on the rise, housing is expensive, the waiting list for social rents is ever-growing and homelessness is on the rise. 

Despite this, Marc reveals a few "Vive La France" moments . The community land trusts are on the rise, even in conservative led cities. A parallel non-speculative market is happening. 

Marc’s main challenge now: To stay brave. To keep the Monster at bay.

Produced by WG Film 
Recorded & Edited by Mikey Jones
Music by Florencia Di Concilio
Social Media & Support Team - Maja Moberg, Valerie Estrina, Hanna Leander

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