Paris has the highest number of single-parent families in France. Recent statistics reveal that 28 per cent of Parisian families are single parent, a rise of two per cent over the last 10 years, and eight per cent higher than the French average.

The Conseil de Paris has launched a six-month research programme to address issues faced by such families. There are thought to be 100,000 children in Paris being raised by one parent. Of these parents 85 per cent are women, and 40 per cent of these families live on less than