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Pensioner hands in €10k from street

Retired optician found envelope stuffed with cash while walking home in Cannes

A PENSIONER in Cannes has been praised for handing into police an envelope stuffed with €10,000 in cash that he found on a street in Cannes.

Maurice, a retired optician, had decided to walk home from dinner at his daughter's house after missing the bus.

He saw a packet on the pavement with banknotes spilling out the top and took it home for closer examination.

"There were piles and piles of money. I'd never seen anything like it in my life. I tried to count it all, but there was too much," he told local newspaper Nice Matin.

There were no identifying details on the envelope and Maurice decided to take it to the police station the following morning.

A police spokesman said the man's actions were a great example of civic responsibility - and "also demonstrates trust in the national police".

The envelope will spend six months at Cannes lost property office. If its owner cannot be traced, the money will be returned to the man who found it.

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