Thursday, December 8, 2022

“You can survive on 3,500 francs, but you can’t live!”

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Vasilica Contesse lives on the edge financially. She is angry about the “inaction of the authorities” in the face of inflation.

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A mild summer evening. The terraces of the restaurants are full, men are playing a leisurely game of boules in a park on the Avenue de la Gare in Monthey VS. It’s 7 p.m. Vasilica Contesse (50) comes to the meeting point with a view. Your working day has just ended.

Now it’s time for an aperitif or a pizza. Well… for those who can afford it. Vasilica Contesse, who has worked for a large fashion chain in the area for many years, is not one of them. Especially not since inflation has been making headlines in Switzerland. “All prices are rising, but wages are not,” says the native Romanian, who learned the tailoring trade.

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