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France fights flight to big cities with funds for smaller towns
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
After François Goblé retired this March, the town and surrounding area of 5,000 inhabitants were left with one primary care physician. Cherrueix is just one example of a “medical desert” – where the number of doctors is 30 percent lower than the national average in France. This is especially a concern for elderly patients or those with reduced mobility. It’s also a symptom of a larger problem in France and across the globe: An increasing number of small towns are struggling economically and demographically to remain competitive in the face of urbanization. read more


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