If the unprecedented surge in energy and food prices that France is experiencing puts a good number of low-income households in the red, it also weakens part of the middle classes whose incomes are too high to qualify for aid and not enough not to have to “squeeze” their budget even more. It is to these middle classes who play a central role in the presidential election by their demographic weight – they represent nearly 50% of the population – that The Cross The Weekly wanted to speak.
Four “witness homes” opened their accounts and their hearts to us: Caroline, Nicolas and their three children living near Nantes; Olivia, young bachelor, teacher in a Lyon high school; Leila and Ramzy, retired in Marseille; Sophie, single mom from Longwy.
“Neither poor nor rich”, no one really complains about his fate, even if it is now necessary to arbitrate each expense when all the bills are paid. But if you listen to them carefully, you can sense a deeper concern, linked to the uncertainty for the future, and first and foremost that of the children. A kind of diffuse fear of downgrading at the heart of the tensions that fracture the social and political landscape of France.