Living Precariously in France

The Chinese coronavirus has devastated the livelihood of many French workers, including tragically the country’s prostitutes, as the good doctor informs us from his location somewhere in the Fifth Republic over at City Journal.

I have no idea of the average, or median, income of prostitutes in France. No doubt, some do well, and others less well. In the absence of such knowledge, it is impossible for me to pass judgment as to whether they could, and therefore ought to, have put something by for a rainy day. But it is clear that those depending on the government to guarantee them a living when all else fails—and that, of course, means many millions of people—are not in a strong position to object or complain when they are subject to government interference. He who pays the piper calls the tune.

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