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I came upon this sentence in Jacques Perret's story 'Trafic de Chevaux' (1951):

... on s'étonnait fort de voir confier de si fiers palefrois à la plus indescriptible andouille de l'Empire Britannique ...

and notice the lack of a subject for the infinitive confier. Is this construction (with the subject of the infinitive only implied) very common?

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This construction is common.

J'ai vu tirer sur la foule.
J'ai vu battre le blé noir au fléau et traire à la main des vaches qu'on attelait au joug pour tirer la charrue. (Denis Trinillac)
J'entends chanter la Marseillaise. (technically ambiguous: J'entends chanter ma voisine !)

Confier is a complement of voir, it has no subject indeed.

Who performs/performed the action is not relevant in the sentence which could have been written, without any substantial change in meaning :

[...] on s'étonnait fort de voir de si fiers palefrois confiés à la plus indescriptible andouille de l'Empire Britannique [...]

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