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Logement pour tous!

In early 2018, a group of protesters gathered in front of the headquarters of the SNCF (Société nationale des chemins de fer français [French National Railway Company]) to demand that the company convert its empty buildings into public housing:

 

Logement! -Pour qui? -Pour tous!
Housing! -For whom? -For everyone! 
Cap. 18-20, Actus Quartier - Devant la SNCF

 

Logement is the word for "housing" or "lodging" in general, but it can also refer more specifically to an apartment, house, or home: 

 

j'aurais pas pu avoir mon logement
I wouldn't have been able to get my apartment
Cap. 57, Actus Quartier - Devant la SNCF

 

lorsque j'avais pas mon logement
when I didn't have my home
Cap. 110, Actus Quartier - Devant la SNCF

 

The verbal form of logementloger, means "to house" or "to accommodate." It's synonymous with héberger:

 

ces beaux immeubles vides pour héberger, pour loger les personnes qui sont à la rue
these beautiful empty buildings to house, to provide housing for people who are on the street
Cap. 16-17, Actus Quartier - Devant la SNCF

 

On the flip side, loger can also mean "to be housed," "to stay," or "to live":

 

Je loge chez mon amie
I'm staying at my friend's place.

 

If someone is mal logé, they're living in poor housing conditions:
 

La honte, la honte à ce pouvoir qui fait la guerre aux mal-logés.
Shame, shame on this authority that's waging war on the poorly housed.
Cap. 27-28, Actus Quartier - Devant la SNCF

 

And if someone is homeless, they're SDF—an acronym for sans domicile fixe (without a fixed abode):

 

Moi, je suis là parce que je suis SDF. Je suis sans domicile fixe.
Me, I'm here because I'm homeless. I'm without a fixed abode.
Cap. 98-99, Actus Quartier - Devant la SNCF

 

Another word for "homeless" is sans-abri (without shelter).

 

Many people lucky enough to have a fixed abode pay un loyer (rent) to un/une propriétaire (a landlord/landlady):

 

j'ai de quoi payer un loyer
I have enough to pay rent
Cap. 120, Actus Quartier - Devant la SNCF

 

La propriétaire a vendu son appartement
The landlady sold her apartment
Cap. 103, Actus Quartier - Devant la SNCF

 

Propriétaire is also the word for "owner." Un propriétaire foncier is a property owner, such as the SNCF:

 

Faut quand même savoir que la SNCF, c'est le deuxième propriétaire foncier du pays après l'État.
You should know, however, that the SNCF is the second largest property owner in the country after the State.
Cap. 42-44, Actus Quartier - Devant la SNCF

 

You'll find two words for "building" in this video—immeuble and bâtiment:

 

Vous avez vu dimanche le bel immeuble vide
On Sunday you saw the beautiful empty building
Cap. 9, Actus Quartier - Devant la SNCF

 

Parce qu'ils ont des bâtiments vides, complètement vides
Because they have empty buildings, completely empty
Cap. 29, Actus Quartier - Devant la SNCF

 

While both are general terms for "building," un immeuble can also be an "apartment building" or "apartment block," which is what the protesters are hoping the SNCF will provide for those in need.

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Caption 18, 19, 20, 57, 110, 16, 17, 27, 28, 98, 99, 120, 103, 42, 43, 44, 9, 29
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