2 million French children living below poverty line

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PARIS, Jan 10, 2006 (AFP) - Two million children are living below the poverty line in France, a family association said on Tuesday, charging that official figures had vastly underestimated the problem.

PARIS, Jan 10, 2006 (AFP) - Two million children are living below the poverty line in France, a family association said on Tuesday, charging that official figures had vastly underestimated the problem.

In a report, the Union of European Families (UFE), which represents some 24,000 households, said that twice as many children were living in poverty in the country than had previously been reported.

The discrepancy was due to different definitions of the poverty line.

The UFE used 60 percent of national median income as the basis for its calculations, in line with the method used by the European Union and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development.

French government bodies had fixed the poverty line at 50 percent of median national income, which stands at 770 euros (930 dollars) per adult per month.

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