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Homelessness in Paris

The weather is probably slightly higher than it was this time last year,but the difference in degrees is lost upon the homeless men and women we encounter daily on the streets of Paris. The struggle for survival, I imagine, becomes more intense at this time of the year as the weather takes a nasty turn for the worse – and as the already limited choices for shelter from the cruel elements become even more limited. I came across this report from last winter which provides a glimpse into the homelessness dilemma in the city: Encouragingly, though, French authorities have been sensitive to the plight of the homeless in the past. Last year, the defense ministry opened up military training centres across the country to provide beds to hundreds of homeless men and women in the face of heavy snowstorms. At city level, the “Mairie” has allocated hundreds and thousands of Euros targeted at various interventions for the homeless – ranging from food distribution schemes to the provision of shelter. A few weeks ago, Bertrand Delanoë, …