But their claim that the rubbish-strewn streets were due to a smaller workforce of cleaners sparked another stream of frustration by Parisians.
Rachida Dati, the mayor of the 7th district of Paris tweeted: ‘#saccageparis: Faced with the denial of the reality of the municipal team, we demand the immediate holding of an exceptional Paris Council dedicated to the problems of cleanliness and sanitation in Paris.’
French ‘L’Opinion’ journalist Emmanuelle Ducros responded to the City of Paris in a series of tweets.
She wrote: ‘The problem is not the cleaners. It is the abandonment of the city, the colonization of the public space by delirious developments.’
She pointed to filthy street furniture, gaping electrical boxes, and piles of rubbish in the streets.
Ducros likened the famous Saint Ambroise square to a ‘shanty town’ where it has turned into disarray with ‘piles of garbage’.
‘You call it a “smear campaign”, it is simply the fed up of the despised inhabitants, who have the feeling of living in an unhealthy, tinkered, degraded, unmaintained dump by people who have nothing but ‘reinvention’ in their mouths.
‘We are not asking to reinvent, we are asking you for a clean, maintained living environment, not an [area] that everyone wants to wreck [because] it is so filthy.
‘Paris is a historic city, it belongs to the world. This is not your buddy’s backyard or you can DIY stovepipes found in the trash cans. Give us back Paris.
‘Blaming the locals is really the last thing to do.’
After her win in 2020, Ms Hidalgo pledged to continue her ambitious programme to cut pollution, encourage cycling and expand green spaces, while pedestrianising more of Paris.
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