Some 50 Paris lawmakers will sleep all night long on the city's streets amid extremely low temperatures in order to attract attention to the problem of homeless people, Mama SY, deputy mayor of the Étampes commune in the metropolitan area of Paris wrote on her Facebook page.
"Last year, nearly 500 homeless people died on the streets…In 2018, 13 people have died only in Paris. Some 50 lawmakers will sleep overnight on Wednesday near the Gare d'Austerlitz," the lawmaker wrote.
"A night of solidarity" was held in Paris in mid-February to count the number of homeless people in the city. According to the organizers, some 5,000 homeless people are currently living Paris, part of whom has been sent to shelters. Nevertheless, nearly 3,000 of them are left without any refuge.
The night on Tuesday 27 was the coldest so far in France this winter. The phenomena, called "Moscow-Paris," has brought extremely cold weather even to regions that have never seen a temperature below zero. At least three homeless people have died over the last several days.