Rat Invasion Warning as 10,000 Tonnes of Trash Pile Up on Streets

Paris has been warned of a possible rat invasion as a result of an ongoing garbage collector strike, with tons of garbage piled up in the city streets.

Earlier this week Romain Laseur, an animal toxicologist and expert on rodents and invasive species, said that the garbage workers’ strike is in its third week, with around 10,000 tons of uncollected garbage piled up on the streets of Paris. I warned you that I was watching you. “Behavior change of mice” in the city.

“They walk in garbage bins, breed there, and leave behind urine and faeces. The health risks are a concern for garbage collectors and the general public, especially in the case of leptospirosis.” warned.

The Paris police also sounded the alarm on the issue, say it “Concentrations of waste, especially food, endanger populations, create public health problems, and fuel the proliferation of rats, disease vectors,” said a statement Friday.

PARIS, FRANCE – MARCH 17: Garbage bins overflowing with garbage on the street as collectors continue their strike in Paris, France on March 17, 2023. (Photo by Mustafa Yalcin/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images )

by some EstimateUp to six million rats live in Paris, about three times the human population living in the so-called City of Love.

“Terrible,” said the local bakery clerk. “Do you know what happens if pests enter the pastry chef?”

Paris’ rat problem has made its way into pop culture with French satirical songwriter Pierre Perret. release The Friday Song condemns the city’s reduced state of misery, singing:

But the rats also seem to have defenders, with the Paris Zoological Zoo (PAZ) organization holding its own protest on Saturday, condemning the “cruel” killing of the rats. explained as “a sensitive, intelligent, playful, and empathetic being.”

“The rat is a sympathetic animal eager to help its kin in distress.” There isn’t.”

Members of the Paris Animo Zoo (PAZ) Association hold a placard at a rally calling for the protection of small animals (rats, pigeons) in Paris on March 18, 2023.  (Photo credit: Bertrand GUAY/AFP)/AFP via Getty Images)

Members of the Paris Animo Zoo (PAZ) Association hold a placard at a rally calling for the protection of small animals (rats, pigeons) in Paris on March 18, 2023. (Photo credit: BERTRAND GUAY/AFP via Getty Images)

A strike by garbage collectors after President Emmanuel Macron’s plan to raise the retirement age from 62 to 64 has also sparked violent protests in Paris and other French cities since Thursday. is playing

Left-wing extremists and agitators at the protests have started setting up makeshift bonfires across the city, using the trash heaps.

While the strike has greatly exacerbated the problem, socialist Mayor Anne Hidalgo has long been criticized for the government’s inability or unwillingness to keep Paris’ streets clean.

For example, last year the viral social media hashtag #saccageparis (meaning ‘Paris vandalized’) emerged after locals posted pictures of trash piled up at a famous tourist destination. .

Instead of taking responsibility, the socialist mayor blamed the “far right” for spreading the hashtag.

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