booming solidarity repair workshops


Noah Moussa
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2:38 p.m., July 03, 2022

In this period of inflation where everything is increasing, the French are turning more to this means of making their goods last over time. On the occasion of the sixth edition of the recycling festival this weekend, Europe 1 went to a household appliance repair workshop organized by the association La Petite Rockette.

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On the table, an old television and a microwave oven are waiting to be repaired. That’s the job of 68-year-old Lionel, who takes the time to show the owner of an iron how to fix it. This former CNRS researcher leads the household appliance repair workshop once a week: a real success. “Our household appliance workshop is used by a dozen people every week,” he rejoices. “Every week we meet new people, sometimes there are people we see for the second or third time, but usually it’s always new people.”

“Buying me a device, it upsets my budget”

It is also a success due to the explosion in the prices of certain household appliances, which prompted Myriam to cross the threshold of the workshop to have her electric epilator repaired. “It’s over two years old so I knew I would have had to pay for a repair, it would have cost me the price of a new device, between 50 and 80 euros,” she explains.

“I know that I have a 90% chance that my device will be fixed and that it will not cost me anything. The prices are so expensive, everything is going up. Me, I am retired, I can barely live with it So buying myself a device upsets my budget.”

Volunteers pitch in

In this workshop, volunteers and users put their hands in the dough and the heart to the work. It’s an opportunity to forge links and make a gesture for the planet for the modest sum of six euros, the amount of the association’s annual subscription.


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