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Rats invade Paris
31 January 2018
A mass build-up of rats in the French capital has sparked a debate over cleanliness.
In the wake of severe flooding along the banks of the river Seine, Paris has been overwhelmed by rats.
Rubbish collectors in the city have taken video of swarms of rats congregating in rubbish bins, aiming to prove that the rodents pose an active threat to collectors' safety.
Mao Peninou, deputy mayor in charge of city cleanliness, said the capital was aware of the fact that “rats can increasingly be seen in public areas”. and that “all units concerned are tackling the problem head on."
Experts estimate that there are now twice as many rats as people in Paris, of which more than half are immune to poison. They also claim that the rodents carried more parasites than previously thought, including seven that are a threat to humans.