International Activity Report 2003
MSF in France, 2003
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MSF has run programs in France since 1986.
After the launch of the CMU (universal medical coverage) in France in 1999 gave access to free public health care to the most vulnerable, MSF was able to close some of its medical centers and focus on people who still had difficulties entering the system: immigrants, young people at risk and people who live in poverty. In December 2002, however, the CMU was put in jeopardy after parliament adopted legislation cutting back on the rights it provided.
In March 2003, MSF collected over 100,000 signatures on a petition requesting the French government to safeguard the right to free public health care for the poorest; the changes to the CMU were abandoned. Socio-medical support to undocumented immigrants, young people and drug addicts continues in Paris and in l'Etang de Barre near Marseilles; a similar program in Lille ended in March 2003. MSF continues collaboration with the association ESPOIR in Lille and Clausmatt to provide short-term shelter for seriously ill people with nowhere else to go.