A baby died on Tuesday shortly after being born to a woman living on a central Paris street.

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Baby dies after homeless woman gives birth on street

A baby died on Tuesday shortly after being born to a woman living on a central Paris street.

The 38-year-old woman was reported to have been living in a tent with her husband on a street close to the Jardin du Luxembourg in the south of the capital.

Her baby, a girl, was born just metres away from two of the city’s largest hospitals. 

Daily newspaper Libération reported that pressure group Morts de la Rue (Deaths on the Street) held budget cuts responsible.

The group blamed “reductions in spending that can only create situations like this.”

“We want to express our anger regarding the government who no longer seem able to protect the poorest,” they said.

Politicians were quick to give reactions to the news. 

“A baby dead in the street just a few steps from a maternity hospital #sadness #incomprehension,” tweeted government spokeswoman and budget minister Valérie Pécresse.

The partner of Socialist presidential candidate François Hollande also used her Twitter account to comment.

“The fact that a woman gives birth in the street and her baby dies outrages me,” wrote Valérie Trierweiler.

The Morts de la Rue association has estimated that 280 people have died living on the streets since the start of the year.


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First lady denied meeting with queen

French first lady Valérie Trierweiler has not joined her partner François Hollande on official visits abroad since she caused uproar over an indiscreet tweet last month.

First lady denied meeting with queen
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The French president travelled alone to London, and met Queen Elizabeth II for the first time on Tuesday. Traditionally, heads of state visit the queen with their partners. But this time Trierweiler was kept out of sight.

Trierweiler has only been seen in public a couple of times since she let slip a controversial tweet in June. Between the two rounds of the legislative elections, she tweeted that she supported the opponent of Hollande’s ex Segolène Royal. 

Royal was running for a seat in the western town of La Rochelle and Trierweiler’s tweet sent shockwaves through the Socialist Party. 

Since the incident, Trierweiler has not been seen with her partner during state vists to Italy, Mexico and Brazil. 

The Elysée Palace says Trierweiler did not meet the queen because it was not a state visit but a informal meeting with the queen, Le Parisien reports. 

However, UK daily The Times says the president’s aides did not want the media to compare Trierweiler to Sarkozy’s wife Carla Bruni who had appeared newly-wed and very elegant during her first meeting with the queen.