Les Chiffonniers d'Emmaüs
A former member of the French parliament, Henri Grouès, known as Abbé Pierre (his nom de guerre as a Resistance fighter), founded Les Chiffonniers d'Emmaus (the ragpickers of Emmaus), a charity to help the homeless, in 1949. The resulting competition did not please professional ragpickers. Some of them however joined the movement, as can be seen in the first sequence of this film.
Today Les Chiffonniers d'Emmaüs consists of 115 communities in France and their activities now extend abroad.