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Paris has an interactive map where you can report rat sightings

The website was set up after a daycare centre’s playground was found to be infested with rats.

Frenchrat Source: Signalerunrat

A PARISIEN COUNCIL official has launched an interactive map for residents to report sightings of rats in the city centre.

Geoffroy Boulard, who heads the municipal council of the 17th Arrondissement, has set up an interactive map where residents can signal rodent sightings in real-time.

He said the website, Signalerunrat.paris (“Report a rat”), would indicate each sighting with a rat symbol that would be replaced with a shovel once the authorities respond.

“It was the case of a daycare centre whose playground was infested with rats that convinced me that we had to try something else,” Boulard told Le Parisien.

Rat Source: Signalerunrat

He said that the Mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo and previous mayors had not done enough to tackle a problem that regularly requires officials to close parks and other sites to carry out extermination programmes.

Hidalgo launched a €1.5 million campaign last year to wage a “war on rats” along with other measures to clean up the capital, promising new traps and plans to protect rubbish bins with wooden or plexiglass bases.

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Experts say the rat population has in fact remained stable in recent years at 1.75 for every resident – of which there are some 2.2 million in the city’s 20 inner arrondissements – but they periodically become more visible in some areas because of construction work which forces them from their dens.

Boulard said his office was often unable to get sanitation services to respond to rat sightings, which have become more frequent in his part of northwest Paris because of work on the new city courthouse and a metro line extension.

“If it’s a priority for them then they need to be working twice as hard,” he told the newspaper.

- with reporting from AFP 

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