The Rat Patrol
Maybe they're just attracted by the smell:
Paris had come under fire in December for allegedly dragging its feet before it launched what has been dubbed its “war on rats”.Now what about the ones running Paris itself?
Most of the criticism was centred on Hidalgo and the city’s environmental health services chief.
The city’s failure to keep the streets clean was also a major sticking point for residents, as a scathing commentary at the time in the conservative daily Le Figaro targeting the eco-friendly mayor revealed.
“New in the Parisian cityscape: filthy streets because of the total and persistent disarray in the cleaning services,” wrote author and politician Serge Federbusch, describing the situation as “Hidalchaos”.
In announcing the 1.5-million euro anti-rodent campaign, Hidalgo said the city would buy new traps for the rats and surround some of the city’s 30,000 rubbish bins with wooden or Plexiglass bases.