Squatters move in by French president`s home

Squatters have occupied an empty building with a view over French President Nicolas Sarkozy`s Elysee Palace to protest what they say is an unjust housing shortage in Paris.

Last Updated: Jan 08, 2011, 00:35 AM IST

Paris: Squatters have occupied an empty
building with a view over French President Nicolas Sarkozy`s
Elysee Palace to protest what they say is an unjust housing
shortage in Paris.

Riot police today sealed off the eight-storey office
building, where 27 people including students and homeless
families have moved in with sleeping bags.

The squat protest was launched by Black Thursday, a
group campaigning for affordable housing in a city where the
young and unemployed struggle to find lodgings despite many
buildings lying empty.

"Every morning while shaving, Sarkozy will now be able
to face the reality of the housing crisis," the group said in
a statement announcing the protest.

"From the balconies of the eighth floor... the
inhabitants can admire the Elysee, dreaming that state powers
might have the courage to requisition empty premises for
them."

Black Thursday, named after the day apartment-seekers
face the depressing task of scouring the newly published
classified rental ads, was expelled in October from another
squat in a grand building on Paris`s Place des Vosges.

PTI