According to The Guardian, it is René Robert, a French-Swiss photographer who became known for his photographs of flamenco dancers. The elderly man took an evening walk on Wednesday near Rue de Turbigo in the French capital where he lived. Around nine o’clock Robert became unwell, causing him to fall.
After many passers-by passed the man, there was finally a homeless person who rang the bell when he saw Robert lying on the sidewalk. However, the man had become so hypothermic that he died shortly after his arrival at the hospital.
Michel Mompontet says his friend died “from indifference.” “If this horrible death could be of any use, it would be this: When a human being is on the doorstep, we should check on him or her – no matter how busy we are. Let’s think about that for a moment,” he wrote on Twitter.
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The death of the photographer causes outrage in France. For example, the French newspaper Le Figaro writes that Robert died “by indifference.” The French channel RTL reports that the man has died amid “indifferent passers-by”.
Mompontet says he would like to know who the man is who cared about Robert. That it was a homeless person who eventually took the initiative, he says: “He was the only one who bothered to save him, even though it was too late.” On the other hand, Mompontet admits that he himself is not sure whether he would stop when he saw a man lying on the ground. “Have I never turned away from a homeless person lying in front of a door?” he wonders.