Nabila Ramdani: French prefer to be "well off, not rich"

"Most in France like to be well off – but not stinking rich" says Connexion columnist Nabila Ramdani.
"Most in France like to be well off – but not stinking rich" says Connexion columnist Nabila Ramdani.

Award-winning journalist and regular columnist Nabila Ramdani explains why "most in France like to be well off – but not stinking rich".

The difference between 'comfortable' and 'rich'

Claims that the average French family of four needs an after-tax income of just under €7,300 a month to consider themselves “rich people” will surprise many in other parts of the world. The British, in particular, are likely to define such a figure – one calculated by the Observatoire des Inégalités – as allowing for a relatively comfortable life, but not necessarily a “rich’ one.

This is especially so in notoriously expensive and overpopulated parts of the UK, like London. Very high mortgages and rents, together with the spiralling cost of living, mean ...

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