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Ageing immigrants face isolation in France

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Retired immigrants from North Africa in Marseille
Retired immigrants from North Africa in Marseille AFP/Anne-Christine Poujoulat

As France tries to reform its pension system, some elderly populations have been forgotten. A parliamentary report brings up the issue of ageing immigrants, notably people from north and sub-Saharan Africa, who came to France 30 or 40 years ago to work. Many stayed and are now hitting retirement age. And many live alone, with chronic illnesses and a lack of social support. 

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