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Paris Says "Non"! to Les Rats!

Paris Says "Non"! to Les Rats!

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?


LibertySugar LibertySugar 9 years
Pigeons are delicacies in France. ;-)
MSucre MSucre 9 years
I never thought rats to be a problem specific to Paris, but it's true, I've had many a run in with the furry french rats. Not all of them are as cute as Remi le petit chef from Ratatouille. I remember one evening I was with my own Remi, strolling along Trocadero (which has the best view of the Eiffel Tower) and a big fat rat scurried right before my feet. Mood killer for sure. Do you guys think that Rats are any worse than PIGEONS? At least, rats tend to keep away from us, pigeons approach at any opportunity. And I've never heard of anyone being pooped on by a rat...
LibertySugar LibertySugar 9 years
Le Smash was my favorite part of the story!!!
KrisSugar KrisSugar 9 years
bluesarahlou, that sounds like a good idea! i still can't believe no one else has loved "Le Smash" like I did. :)
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 9 years
They should do some kind of rat birth control.
KrisSugar KrisSugar 9 years
Then they would have a cat problem, like Rome. I think the feral cats around the Colliseum are protected, or something, because they are descended from ancient kitties. Anyway, there are kitties everywhere! I guess I don't see that as a problem, unless they start smelling.
raciccarone raciccarone 9 years
Auntie Coosa, you crack me up. Reading your comments is like a condensed version of the Weekly World News.
Auntie-Coosa Auntie-Coosa 9 years
Considering that France is a Socialist nation, I'm sure the rats just want to live there because they know they are eligible for some kind of government handout. The French need to clean up their act and get their garbage and sewer situation worked out. Did you know what a moat around a castle was used for? Uhm Huh. Can you believe that the "chamber pot" used to be dumped out of a window onto the street? Uhm Huh. Sanitation is a recent idea. People died young because of all the diseases brought about by their own unsanitary conditions. BTW, whey don't they just bring in a couple thousand rat-catching CATS to handle the rat population?
KrisSugar KrisSugar 9 years
Le Smash!
nicachica nicachica 9 years
haha Rac...very true indeed! KFC is nasty! c'mon now, every big city has a rodent problem. large numbers of people + concentrated living area + lots of trash = rats!!!!
Dana18 Dana18 9 years
And you thought New York Had a Rat problem!
hartsfull hartsfull 9 years
:rotfl: I thought that was a hoax? I'd swear I read it on snopes that it wasn't true.
syako syako 9 years
:rotfl: :true:
raciccarone raciccarone 9 years
Chicken usually tastes like chicken except at KFC, where it tastes like rat.
syako syako 9 years
alligator tastes like chicken
raciccarone raciccarone 9 years
I hear rat tastes like chicken.
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