- Listen to interview with François Bertière on the France Info website (in French).
“Based on the 18%-drop in the number of building permits issued between November 2013 and January 2014, François Bertière has calculated that France is lacking close to 800,000 housing units. France builds fewer than 300,000 annually. I remember that the current French president, during his election campaign, pledged that 500,000 units would be built annually over his five-year term. That represents a massive shortfall. The reason is the shortage of buildable land, that is to say land put on the market by local or central government, complete with building permits that would enable us to offer accommodation to our fellow citizens. We are ready and willing to build more, and our production facilities are capable too. In addition, more land would mean lower land prices, which would then moderate the price of accommodation. This would be an extremely positive step.”