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Frenchman: I've got 18 kids by 16 mums

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10:20 CEST+02:00

A man was charged with fraud in Paris on Monday after telling the authorities he was the father of 18 children to 16 mothers, despite not being biologically related to any of them.

The 48-year-old claimed he had fathered 18 children between 2002 and 2009. Authorities suspect he was attempting to help the 16 mothers, who were all immigrants, to obtain residency permits.

A spokesperson for the Paris police department said: “In exchange for this extravagance, the man received gifts from the women, the exact nature of which we do not know.”

In total, the 16 women illegally received €416,000 in benefits from the state.

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