On-the-spot France

Baba Yagas, a place for women

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Alison Hird

French women have the world's second longest life expectancy after Japan, with an average age of 84 and a half years. But even if they are living longer, the majority don't want to end their days in expensive retirement homes. In the French suburbs of Montreuil, east of Paris, a group of around 20 ageing but dynamic feminists, known as the Baba Yagas, have managed to obtain 4 million euros of State money to build a women-only entirely self-managed residential home. As the project nears completion, we report from the House of the Baba Yagas.