Fashion statement: Paris refugees wearing clothes of former French president Chirac

Refugees in Paris are wearing the clothes of former French President Jacques Chirac, after his daughter donated his old attire to a local charity.

Chirac’s daughter Claude donated the clothing this winter. Photographer Yann Arthus-Bertrand told L’Obs of how he put out a call to his contacts for old clothes after a nun who takes care of refugees in Paris told him people were in need of more weather-appropriate apparel.

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“She said to me, ‘I can not do it, I need warm clothes, I do not have enough!'” he said. “I wrote to the Fondation Chirac – I sit on the board of directors – and I got an answer from Claude Chirac who says to me: ‘I will take care of it, do not worry!’”

Days later, an official car with a tricolor cockade delivered clothes and jumpers to the volunteers. “Symbolically, I find it wonderful to know that the clothes of a president are worn by refugees from the Porte de la Chapelle!” Arthus-Bertrand added.

Chiraq was both France’s president and prime minister. He retired from politics in 2007 and founded the Foundation Chirac in 2008.

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