Because of the Covid-19 and the restrictions imposed to fight the epidemic, precariousness exploded last year.

"I find myself in a somewhat complicated situation and close to precariousness since I no longer have any income", testifies Damien Depoutot, a 51-year-old entrepreneur, on Tuesday on Europe 1.


For many households, the Covid-19 does not represent only a health crisis, it is also a big blow to their standard of living.

As the figures compiled by the Abbé Pierre Foundation show in its annual report unveiled on Tuesday, precariousness exploded in 2020. The crisis has created new situations of precariousness, of course among the most modest but also, sometimes, in more homes. well-off who found themselves without resources overnight.

"I find myself in a situation a little complicated and close to precariousness since I no longer have any income", testifies Damien Depoutot, a 51-year-old entrepreneur, on Tuesday on Europe 1.

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"The switch was super fast"

Co-manager of an events company in the Rennes region, in Brittany, Damien Depoutot saw all his contracts canceled last March with the arrival of the first measures against the Covid-19.

Quickly, its turnover melted.

"The switch was super fast," he laments.

"Between November, December, January and February, this is where we sell a lot of contracts for companies, associations and town halls for various events which, for the most part, take place from May to September", explains the leader.

"Given the situation, obviously my clients would call me back to tell me to cancel."

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Damien Depoutot tells about the reimbursement of down payments which weakened the cash flow of his company.

"Initially, the company had a little cash. But afterwards, it found itself in a situation where there was no more since we had no more events, so we did not bring in any money. . You should know that from the month of March, we were at zero euros of turnover generated by the company. Today, the company can no longer pay me a salary, "he regrets.

"We saw him badly psychologically"

For him, this situation has many consequences: "We live it badly psychologically. We are still deprived of work. We want to work. We have this anxiety of wondering when are we going to be able to work again. ? "

The entrepreneur now says he is very careful with his finances.

"I watch every day to see if, indeed, the aid is finally going to fall so that I can continue to pay my rent and eat."


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Damien Depoutot has also lowered his expenses: "I think I'm a little less generous with my son who is 17. And me, I'm careful not to spend too much on food because I have to. manages not to pump too much in these aids to be able to continue paying the rent. "

"When everything is working well, a rent of 950 euros goes well."

Because of the crisis, the father of the family now says that he is looking for accommodation with "much lower" rent.