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Oh, to Be a Collector of Garbage in Paris

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Oh, to Be a Collector of Garbage in Paris

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Oh, to Be a Collector of Garbage in Paris

Oh, to Be a Collector of Garbage in Paris

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There are now so many people applying to be garbage collectors in Paris that the city council has instituted a written exam for applicants. The position offers a secure, relatively well-paid government job with full benefits and a pension at a time of high unemployment in France.

NPR's Eleanor Beardsley reports from Paris on the surprisingly coveted job of garbage collector in the City of Light.