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The richest one per cent of the UK population now owns more than 20 times the total wealth of the poorest fifth, making the country one of the most...

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The richest one per cent of the UK population now owns more than 20 times the total wealth of the poorest fifth, making the country one of the most unequal in the developed world, according to analysis by Oxfam. The figures suggest that around 634,000 Britons are worth 20 times as much as the poorest 13 million and the charity urged Theresa May to take action to close the gap between the "haves" and the "have nots". Oxfam's report suggested that the massive inequality in British society contributed to the vote to leave the European Union and called for sweeping reforms to big business.

to own/posséder, détenir – wealth/richesse, fortune - according to/d'après – figure/chiffre, pourcentage – Briton/Britannique - to be worth/valoir, représenter (une valeur de) – charity/organisation caritative - to urge/exhorter; ici, appeler - Theresa May/actuel Premier ministre (conservateur) du Royaume-Uni - to take, took, taken action/(ré)agir, prendre des mesures - to close the gap/combler le fossé, amoindrir l'écart - "haves"/personnes qui "ont", détiennent des biens; ici, les (personnes) riches - "have nots"/personnes qui "n'ont pas", ne détiennent pas de biens; ici, les (personnes) pauvres – report/rapport, étude – sweeping/vaste

Publié le 29/09/2016

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