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ORIGINAL FRENCH ARTICLE: Inégalites en France

Inequalities in France

Translated Sunday 19 July 2009, by Karen Grimwade and reviewed by Karen Grimwade

According to the economist Camille Landais, over the 1998-2006 period the 100 richest households (based on a study of 3,500 households) saw their income increase by 42.6%; while for 90% of households this increase did not exceed 4.6%.

Between 1998 and 2005 the 250,000 highest paid wage earners in France (1% of all wage earners) saw their salaries increase by 14%; 29% for the 25,000 highest paid and 51% for the 2,500 major earners (Source: study by Camille Landais.). The highest earning employers in France receive the equivalent of between 80 and 270 years on the minimum wage, without taking into account bonuses, stock-options and other perks.

In the private and semi-public sectors, the average gross salary for women is 18.9% less than that of men and 37% less if we include part-timers. 30.3% of working women have a part-time job compared to 5.8% of men.

(Source: French Observatory for Parity [1].)


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