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  • The dog vs cat war appears to still be running, at least in Paris. When Chirac was elected mayor of Paris (1983) he promptly took measures to make dog owners' lives easier: special street cleaning units (called "motocrottes", dungbikes if you will) were created to scour Paris to clean up after dogs. They were bikes transporting special equipment consisting of a kind of vacuum cleaner that sprayed refrigerating liquid over dogshit and swallowed them.

    This policy continued throughout his two mandates


    -- Robin Berjon []

    • I love my dogs, but the parisian attitude to them shocked the hell out of me. You'll see dogs allowed into butchers, where the butcher will pet the dog, then serve without washing his hands (we actually saw that happen on our honeymoon).

      I would never let my dogs crap on the street and leave it there. I think the dog feaces was probably the worst thing for us about Paris (I mostly love Paris apart from that), and I'm really glad to see efforts are being made to stop it.