Eight million rats live in Paris, France. That's about four times the amount of people! Maybe it's the cheese!
Every year, the city launches a campaign to reduce the number of rats. The anti-rat team, known as "Service Municipal d'Actions de Salubrité et d'hygiène" or "Le Smash" exterminates rodents found on public property.
Meanwhile, Parisians must expel the rodents from their homes and businesses, clean up their trash, and block cellar entries, lest they face heavy fines handed down from the rat inspectors. Residents are also encouraged to report neighbors who act as rat sanctuaries.
Rat campaign season happens between May and June, when rat reproduction is at its highest, and summer tourism has not yet surged. The health and image conscious Parisians have had enough!
Do you think Paris officials are smart to enlist the public's help in eradicating rats? Or, should they focus more on big picture solutions like sewage and garbage management? Would you turn down a trip to the city of rats, I mean lights, for fear of seeing a furry creature dash across a charming street?