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Paris deaths

May 18 2009
Les Enfants de Don Quichotte in front of Notre Dame Les Enfants de Don Quichotte in front of Notre Dame
Two of the capital‘s legion of rough sleepers die in a bitter winter Two rough sleepers died in Paris this winter, reigniting the summer controversy over the vast numbers of people living in the city without housing. The two men, found at different locations and on different days, were both in their sixties. One, who was found on the Place de la Concorde in central Paris, was discovered with no blankets or shelter. The other, a 62-year-old, had been living in his car in a concrete garage for several months after splitting up with his wife. He was said to have refused all attempts to rehouse him. Paris saw a bitter winter this year, with temperatures falling below zero over the Christmas season. Criticism of the French government's handling of the number of vulnerably housed has been mounting since August, when protest group Les Enfants de Don Quichotte led a tent sit-in along the Seine. France is estimated to be home to around 200,000 rough sleepers. Pressure group Les Morts de la Rue (The Dead on the Street) claimed at least 200 people had died prematurely while sleeping rough in France in the past 12 months, and that street deaths were almost a daily occurrence in France.