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With the rise of the Yellow Vest Movement in France - which began last October and continues today - French activists and writers have begun to re-evaluate the state of French income and poverty. Since the movement began, articles with titles such as "Revealed: The shocking scale of poverty in France in 2018" or "Soul-searching in France as poverty leaves one million children hungry" have become more overtly political given the context of the protests. Typically, the government's response to accusations of widespread poverty - which, as in America, are not necessarily accurate accusations - has been to spend more money on social programs. But here's the thing: France is already spending more than the rest of Europe when it comes to welfare programs. According to the OECD, when it comes to "public social spending" as a percentage of GDP, France tops the list at over 31 percent. In contrast, Swedish social spending is 26 percent of GDP, while Germany and Norway come in at 25 percent....