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French socialist presidential candidates back universal basic income of £655 a month ....

• independent.co.uk by May Bulman

French presidential candidates have backed a plan to introduce a universal basic income of €750 (£655) a month, in what they described as a bid to combat the threat of robots taking over three million jobs.

Two of the seven candidates for the French Socialist Party leadership have proposed the measure, which would see every French citizen over 18 receive the monthly pay-out, regardless of their employment status.

The prospect of universal income became a predominant topic of discussion in a debate between socialist candidates last week.

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