You do not have to go through the sewers and the subway to see them. Rats are numerous in the streets of Paris and sometimes to be found near historical monuments. The City Hall presented the results of its anti-rat plan that was introduced since the beginning of the year to combat the proliferation of rodents.
For example, 4,950 derating operations took place, 600 buildings were treated and 140 people were articulated for feeding the rodents, which is three times more than last year at the same time. In an effort to combat proliferation, 327 trash cans have been replaced by airtight containers, signs have been placed on the manholes to try to prevent rats from rising up in the sewers, and various types of rat poisons are being tested.
Closed daycare centers and petitions
The city believes that the increase in the number of rats is dammed, but some claim that much remains to be done. This is the case of Geoffroy Boulard, the mayor of the 17th arrondissement, who disputes the balance of the town hall: "The situation has worsened." The snippets had to close in my district because of the very outspoken plague that made it impossible to open day nurseries, "he said on Monday morning on our antenna, adding that schools in his district also reported the presence of rats.
"The inefficiency of the 1.7 million euro plan is clear, it is not exactly at the places mentioned in the balance sheet, the mayor of Paris is late in the case," assured the chosen to return a trip to New York, where he went to look at the techniques of the municipality to fight rodents.
Other critics of the plan, animal advocates who denounce a "genocide" of rats. An online petition has already collected almost 26,000 signatures to argue for the end of rat destruction operations. The capital currently has about 3.8 million rats or nearly 1.7 rodents per capita.