Yikes! Paris battles rat infestations

2016-12-09 18:48
A dead rat outside the Saint Jacques Tower park, in the centre of Paris. (Francois Mori, AP)

A dead rat outside the Saint Jacques Tower park, in the centre of Paris. (Francois Mori, AP)

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Paris - Both the rat and Nadine Mahe des Portes panicked when she inadvertently stepped on the rodent on her walk back from work through Paris.

"I heard a terrible squeak," the property agent recalled with a shudder. "I thought I'd stepped on a child's toy or something."

When citizens are literally tripping over rats on the sidewalk, it is clear that the City of Light has a problem. Professional exterminators with decades in the job struggle to recall infestations as impressive - perhaps that should be repulsive - as those now forcing the closure of Paris parks, where squirmy clumps of rats brazenly feed in broad daylight, looking like they own the place.

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