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Paris’ despised refugee Ragpickers

An elderly lady sells her goods

An elderly lady sells her goods

Paris’ despised refugee Ragpickers, photo essay by Ted McDonnell

Marche Dauphine located in the 18th arrondissement is known as one of Paris’ best known antique market. Antiques several hundred years old are displayed and sold at this most rare of old world markets. Items can sell for as much as 200,000 euros.

Yet, 300 metres down the street under a darkened bridge, just past an adjoining street market selling runners and jeans, is Paris’ refugee and gypsy market.
It is known by Parisians Marche des Biffins, or the ‘ragpickers’ market. Most of the goods are scavenged from rubbish bins around Paris by refugees and gypsies to sell for a few dollars or even a few cents.

All three markets run alongside each other three days a week, but many Parisians complain that the ‘ragpickers’ market creates dirty streets and crime.
However, one community workers says: “If we treat them like trash then maybe this their response.”
(by Ted McDonnell)

Waiting to make a sale

Waiting to make a sale

A small child plays with her own shadow

A small child plays with her own shadow

A woman rushes through the darkness of the underpass

A woman rushes through the darkness of the underpass

Women proudly look over an old piece of jewellry

Women proudly look over an old piece of jewellry

A man buys some shoes for a few euros

A man buys some shoes for a few euros

A boy looks over his parents wares

A boy looks over his parents wares

Selling another persons trash in Paris' cold

Selling another persons trash in Paris’ cold

A women overlooks a religious picture

A women overlooks a religious picture

A little boy plays whilst his parents sell their goods

A little boy plays whilst his parents sell their goods

A discarded Barbie

A discard suit case outside a welcoming convenience store

A discard suit case outside a welcoming convenience store

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