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Just curious as to those who speak French, what exactly is the general sob "story" given by the beggars that go from train to train?

I just got back from my trip and I saw a few beggars doing this. 2 individuals on separate occasions, and then a woman with a dog.

I'm just interested in what their general "story" usually is because all 3 people I saw:

-started the introduction the same way
-had the same exact tone of voice

Thanks for any replies!

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