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Rats assail French politicians

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After the streets of Paris are now also French politicians plagued by mice and rats. ‘The secretary of state is in his daily work, surrounded by knaagdiertjes.’

Paris struggling for several years with a plague of rats. But the vierpotige ziekteverspreiders snatch. They now have the French Second Chamber is reached. Literally and figuratively. In French government buildings …

Paris struggling for several years with a plague of rats. But the vierpotige ziekteverspreiders snatch. They now have the French Second Chamber is reached. Literally and figuratively. In French government buildings gnawing rats and mice are more common and more often a way through the corridors. And among politicians take the concerns.

The spokeswoman of democrats LREM, Aurore Bergé, has now publicly advocated for cats on the hunt to send the plush benches in the Assembly. ‘There are far too many mice around!’ Even president Macron would be his dog, Nemo, a new buddy need to give up on the presidential palace, the Elysée. ‘There must be a cat on the palace!”, according to Bergé, without, incidentally, provide details about the extent of the problem in the rooms of Emmanuel and Brigitte Macron.

Her plea comes not from the nothing fall. Secretary of state Jacqueline Gourault lives on a floor of the ministry of Internal Affairs, diagonally opposite the Elysée palace. On French television she already know that her house was ‘overrun’ with rats. Gourault showed in its rooms rattenvallen places. A kilometre further works state secretary Christophe Castaner. ‘He is in his daily work, surrounded by the knaagdiertjes, ” wrote newspaper Le Figaro.

Cats in service

The French ministry of Foreign Affairs, on the banks of the Seine, decided in the meantime heavy artillery against the rats that the ministry cross: the cats, Nomi and Noé. May, Paris was inspired by London. The British ministry of Foreign Affairs made last summer proudly announced that ‘cats’ Palmerston in more than a year, 27 mice had been caught. It led in London, to great hilarity, because the cat of the premier, Larry, there but not, a reputation as a predator build. “I saw Larry in the eye with a little mouse told political photographer Steve Back in The Daily Telegraph. “First, they played a bit together and then allowed the little mouse to safely away.’

Cheeseburger

In Paris, according to estimates, 3 to 4 million rats: it certainly is one and a half times as many as the number of (human) inhabitants. “They are 19 to 27 inches long (their tail is not included), and they weigh about 300 grams’, says Paris on its website. “The animals bring disease, but they also have a lot of destruction’, says councillor Anne Souyris. Looking for food is mainly garbage ransacked. A rat eat daily for 10 percent of its body weight. ‘That is something like Kate Moss day and night, each hour, a cheeseburger to eat, ” wrote journalist Zineb Dryef in a book about the Parisian rats.

In 2017 put at the French capital an action plan with a budget of 1.5 million euros. This year a further 1 million. In parks and squares are traps and poison spread. Special new bins are more difficult to plunder by rats. Parisians eat on the street or throw in parks to let swing, to be faster fined: 68 euro.

Arc de Triomphe

But the problems did not disappear. At the beginning of this year showed a Parisian garbage collectors in a video that shows how they in a dumpster hundreds of swarming rats found. When a school decided teachers and pupils in march of this year to discontinue. ‘Everywhere are the faeces of rats. There is a fire arise because mice cables had doorgebeten, ” commented a father.

A mayor of an arrondissement next to the Champs-Elysées has launched this spring a special ‘rats-meldingswebsite’. On the map, is now hardly a street ‘rattenvrij’. “He was so large that I thought a cat was’, says someone on the site. “I certainly see 30 rats running around the garbage bags that stand here’, someone writes about a place next to the Arc de Triomphe.

Still leads the action plan of the municipality also to resistance. A petition that protested against the ‘rattengenocide’, is on the internet by more than 26,000 people signed. “We need this carnage to stop,” said founder and psychologist Josette Benchetrit. ‘Rats are not dangerous for the human being: Parisians, they find there only unpleasant to look. But that is still no reason to keep them the death penalty?’

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