THE lost property office for Paris celebrates 200 years in operation this week and claims to be the oldest of its type in Europe.
The office is found at 36 rue des Morillons, in the heart of the capital, and takes in over 150,000 lost items a year.
Bundles of cash have been handed over and traced, but still waiting on the shelves is a funeral urn, a horse’s head and countless handbags and laptop computers.
The Parisian police service provides some useful tips and advice for tracing lost items, including a map to get to the lost property office.
On the website there are contact details, what to do if you lose an item in a shop or taxi and a simple form you can print off and complete outlining what you have lost.
But there is also a website that allows you to track down things that have been lost across France, as well as see if someone has found it and posted it on the site.
The Banaot site is a database that you can add your item to if you have lost something or update if you have found an item.