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The city of Paris is to count the homeless for the first time ever on Thursday after ministers sparked uproar with claims that as few as 50 were sleeping on the streets this winter.

Paris is to follow the city of New York’s example and send 1,500 voluntary workers out on Thursday night to establish how many rough sleepers there really are in the French capital.

Athens, London, Brussels and Barcelona have all staged similar exercises.

But city officials say the French government does not seem keen on the idea.

The state’s local representative has pulled out of the exercise, claiming that it was rushed and that its employees were busy providing winter help for the needy.

But Louis Gallois, the former railway boss who now heads a coalition of charities, has accused officials of underestimating the figures so as not to embarrass President Emmanuel Macron, who last year promised there would be no-one sleeping in the streets by the end of 2017. Read More …

 

 

The city of Paris is to count the homeless for the first time ever on Thursday after ministers sparked uproar with claims that as few as 50 were sleeping on the streets this winter. Paris is to follow the city of New York’s example and send 1,500 voluntary workers out on Thursday night to establish how many rough sleepers there really are in the French capital. Athens, London, Brussels and Barcelona have all staged similar exercises. But city officials say the French government does not seem keen on the idea. The state’s local representative has pulled out of the exercise, claiming that it was rushed and that its employees were busy providing winter help for the needy.  But Louis Gallois, the former railway boss who now heads a coalition of charities, has accused officials of underestimating the figures so as not to embarrass President Emmanuel Macron, who last year promised there would be no-one sleeping in the streets by the end of 2017.