PARIS’S CLEAN SIDEWALKS … AH OUI … FINALLY

If there was something that tourists really hated about a Paris sidewalk, it was the dog messes. Yes, Paris was famous for its dirty sidewalks because Paris doggies lacked the little civil thing of hanging on until they reached the curb in the event of a call from nature. However, these days seeing a dog […]

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If there was something that tourists really hated about a Paris sidewalk, it was the dog messes.

Yes, Paris was famous for its dirty sidewalks because Paris doggies lacked the little civil thing of hanging on until they reached the curb in the event of a call from nature.

However, these days seeing a dog mess on a Paris sidewalk has become something rare.

Why?

Because if a cop sees a Parisian allowing his/her pooch to do its thing wherever it wants to, the cop can fine the culprit – the human and not the dog – €35 on the spot. That’s about $45.  And that’s quite a lot if you think that a dog gets a call from nature more than once a day.

But also because pooper scoopers have been placed all over the capital.

I came across this one today.

The message is: Do the Right Thing!

And: Help Yourself.

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Marilyn Z. Tomlins

2 Responses to “PARIS’S CLEAN SIDEWALKS … AH OUI … FINALLY”

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    Deirdre L. Irwin Says:

    Your post just reminds me of the “motocrotte”! Introduced in Paris in 1982 by former mayor Jacques Chirac, these motorbikes had a vacuum cleaning system to suck up dogs’ defecations. The city decided to get rid of them in 2004. You can see a pic here .

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    Trent V. Pearson Says:

    While flâner technically means “to stroll,” it more generally suggests “to walk the city in order to experience it”—words to live by in the City of Light. The center of Paris is only a couple of miles wide, maps are ubiquitous, and the rewards for taking to the streets on foot include world-class window shopping, observing flirtatious exchanges taking place in sidewalk cafés, and walking off that extra croissant. Worried about dog droppings? Fear not, the city has cleaned up its act. When going longer distances, hop on the Métro. From any given spot in Paris, you’re never more than 500 yards from the nearest station; it’s cheaper than a cab and often faster, too. So there’s really no excuse—unless you’ve stayed out late (the Métro closes at 2 am on Friday and Saturday nights and 1 am the rest of the week). We wish we could recommend Paris’s inexpensive Vélib’ bikes (the gray models you see lined up on the street), but the rental program is off-limits to most visitors since a smart chip–enabled credit card is required to access the system.

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