In February 2005, France adopted a law making it mandatory for cities to create a living environment adapted to people with disabilities by making urban areas accessible to all within 10 years. However, the additional time granted and the leniency shown due to difficulties cities faced in meeting the established deadlines have greatly brought down the initial goal.
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How to design a welcoming city for people with disabilities
Tuesday March 3rd, 2020
Real estate: Rennes trials the “Bail Réel Solidaire” leasehold arrangement
Purchase housing without paying for the land it stands on. Savings of between 20 and 50% are now possible thanks to the French “bail réel solidaire” leasehold arrangement provided for by the ALUR law and specified late last year by the ELAN law
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