French president Emmanuel Macron has talked about the COVID-19 pandemic creating a social crisis as well as a health and economic crisis.
The government is warning that up to eight million people in France might need food aid by the end of the year.
"During lockdown, schools were closed so children couldn't eat at canteens which are really cheap or even free," Nicole Farlotti, the president of the greater Paris food bank service, tells CGTN Europe.
"And suddenly, these families had to pay to feed their kids twice a day, seven days a week. So these families that were already on the edge are now in an even more precarious situation."
But the problems created by the lockdown have not receded. Schools are back but the threat of job cuts for parents is looming.
And increases in social problems such as the rise in people needing help getting food and drink could put a brake on the investment injections that the government has promised.