Pia in France

Pia spending a month this summer in Cannes, France, on a Richter Research Fellowship to investigate the relationship between the popular, wealthy city and its local, national and international charities.

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La Croisette

I’ve been walking around downtown Cannes and I’ve noticed something interesting: there are not a lot of beggars out in the street during the day, but it is impossible to miss them at night.

I walked up and down La Croisette on Tuesday night and there were beggars everywhere! Most of them were sitting on the ground; others were just walking around asking for money – even in English! (well, they said “please”). I saw the same thing on Friday night.

But, I walked again along La Croisette on Saturday at 2 p.m. and saw only one beggar! I could not believe it.

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