Homeless woman carried nearly 70,000 euros

15th July 2007, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, July 14, 2007 (AFP) - Social workers in Paris were astonished to find more than 68,400 euros (94,250 dollars) on a homeless woman when they moved her off the street last week, police said.

PARIS, July 14, 2007 (AFP) - Social workers in Paris were astonished to find more than 68,400 euros (94,250 dollars) on a homeless woman when they moved her off the street last week, police said.

The woman, named only as Denise, 66, had lived on the streets of Paris's chic 15th arrondisement for 10 years but authorities moved her pitch on July 6 because she was dangerously close to a wall found to contain asbestos.

Nicknamed "the princess" by locals, she was reluctant to leave her pitch, close to Montparnasse railway station.

Police and social workers soon discovered why, discovering the cash hoard in a variety of rubbish bags and old suitcases she kept around her. Police are mystified over how she amassed the fortune, which took a week to count, and Denise has not told them.

Denise has since been moved to a half-way house in the Paris suburbs, while authorities mull how best to look after her money.


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