Tons of stinking garbage and rubbish have piled up on the streets of Paris as sanitation workers continue their strike against pension reform. BBC reported. In particular, the city’s garbage collectors have been on strike since March 6 over President Emmanuel Macron’s proposals to raise the retirement age from 62 to 64.
Photos and videos shared on social media showed garbage bags piling up on the city’s normally picturesque streets, forming shoulder-high heaps of rubbish. As of Monday, more than 5,600 tons of uncollected trash littered the city’s roads. Three waste processing sites are blocked and a fourth is partially closed.
Watch the videos here:
Yesterday was the 7th consecutive day of strike by the Parisian garbage collectors against Pres. Macron’s pension reforms. More than 5,400 tons of rubbish have accumulated in the streets of Paris. La vie en rose!pic.twitter.com/WkRJgoqpW6
— Steve Hanke (@steve_hanke) March 13, 2023
Garbage Strike – Is This Paris? pic.twitter.com/AoaNiKBxRD
— mandakini narain (@mandakininarain) March 13, 2023
🇫🇷 Garbage in the streets of Paris due to the general strike indefinitely. pic.twitter.com/gh12hpLrzp
— Truth seeker (@Xx17965797N) March 14, 2023
The accumulation of rubbish in Paris has now led to health problems among Parisians, with many fearing a rat invasion is imminent. “It’s dirty, it attracts rats and cockroaches,” one Parisian complained on French radio.
“The strike is causing a change in rat behavior. They will rummage in garbage cans, reproduce there and leave behind their urine and feces. We are posing a worrying health risk to garbage collectors and the general population.” specialist Romain Lasseur told the newspaper Le Parisien.
Here are some other photos:
Welcome to Paris 🗼😊 pic.twitter.com/1JvNwqblen
— Tayo Aina (@tayoainafilms) March 11, 2023
This is where I will give my lecture this afternoon. Maison de la Recherche @Sorbonne_Univ_
The piles of rubbish are the result of a strike to protest pension reforms. pic.twitter.com/LDWGFjLZMG
— Elisabeth Bik is in the Netherlands (@MicrobiomDigest) March 13, 2023
Garbage collectors in Paris have been on strike for 4 days and now every street corner looks like this 😵💫 pic.twitter.com/S29ZvhyBsI
— † . (@tianabaaaby) March 10, 2023
Not only Paris, cities such as Rennes, Le Havre and Nantes, Rennes have also been affected by the strike.
The reform would raise the retirement age for garbage collectors. They are currently retiring at the age of 57 due to the difficult working conditions and under the reforms they would have to work for another two years.
According to the daily newspaper Le Parisien, the strike will last at least until Wednesday, when union representatives will vote on whether or not to continue the strike.