How can Paris become a cleaner place

Paris dirtier than Tokyo? New dispute before tourist season

Jack Lang came back from Japan. The former Minister of Culture, who is still well-known in France, made a friendly recommendation to "dear Anne Hidalgo", the powerful and controversial mayor of Paris, to take off in the direction of Tokyo: "You should spend a few days there. The city is exemplary clean . " Paris could be inspired by this, was the message spread via Twitter.

Dirty Paris - this is an issue that has been debated for a long time. "The capital - a rubbish dump in the open air?", For example, asked the daily newspaper 'Le Monde' in 2017 with a view of bulky waste, rats or mountains of cigarette butts lying around. The dirty image is not very flattering for the metropolis with millions of inhabitants, which likes to show itself off in glitter and will host the Olympic Games in 2024. The city already spends around 550 million euros a year on cleanliness and promised at the beginning of the year to do even more.

Countless cigarette butts lie around a street tree on the Boulevard de la Madeleine

In response to the tweet, Hidalgo drew a bone dry reference to the annual Big Cleanup Day. Citizens will pick up gloves and rubbish bags again this Saturday (9.6.) To clean their neighborhood.

Anyone who thinks, in view of the newly flared polemics, that mountains of rubbish are piling up in the tourist metropolis, see themselves
deceived. In the Parc du Champs du Mars, for example, there are large green garbage containers in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower at regular intervals. There is very little rubbish lying around on the lawn and paths of the park. A lot is being done in other respects too: cleaners are on their way until late in the evening to hose down the sidewalks of the capital.

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    Paris from above

    The Tour Montparnasse is the tallest building in Paris at 210 meters. From the public viewing platform you have an unbeatable view of the city and its landmark, the Eiffel Tower. Behind the Eiffel Tower you can see the high-rise buildings in the La Défense district. It is the largest office city in Europe.

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    Eiffel Tower

    The Eiffel Tower brings it to 324 meters. With seven million tickets sold, it is the most visited attraction in the world. For 17 euros you can take the elevator all the way to the top. Attention bargain hunters! Climbing stairs also costs. Only the view of the landmark is free. This is a postcard view from the Palais de Chaillot. In the foreground the Jardins du Trocadéro.

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    Sacré Coeur

    The Sacré Coeur Basilica shines from the city's highest hill, 130 meters high Montmartre. The pilgrimage church in neo-Byzantine style is one of the most romantic places in Paris. If you want to avoid the crowds, it is best to come early in the morning or in the evening. The terrace below the main portal is the perfect place to watch the sun set over the "City of Love".

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    Banks of the Seine

    Paris wants to be run. Only then can you really perceive the city's flair. It's been even better since the beginning of April. Pedestrians can finally stroll undisturbed along the Seine, where cars have been roaring up until now. A total of seven kilometers between the Place de Bastille and the Eiffel Tower. You pass the most important sights almost by yourself.

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    Louvre Museum

    Most visitors consider the Louvre a must-see. It is one of the largest museums in the world. The absolute magnet for visitors is Leonardo Da Vinci's "Mona Lisa". Whoever wants to go to the museum needs patience. You simply cannot create 35,000 exhibits in one day. Better to make a selection before visiting - and just come back.

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    Louis Vuitton Foundation

    There is certainly no shortage of museums and galleries in Paris. Since 2014 there is one more museum: the Fondation Louis Vuitton in the Bois de Boulonge. The collection shows changing exhibitions of contemporary art. Star architect Frank O. Gehry designed the spectacular shell. Galleries and viewing platforms encourage visitors to explore the building like an installation.

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    La Canopée

    Another new addition: Since April 2016, this construction has spanned the area where the popular Parisian wholesale market was once located and where the Forum des Halles later led a hapless existence. The complex is called La Canopée. The building, which is two football fields, combines a large train station, a shopping center, restaurants and various cultural facilities under its spectacular roof.

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    Galeries Lafayette

    As far as the staging of consumption is concerned, the Paris of the 19th century was already defining the style. With the "Grands Magasins" a completely new type of department store was created. Cultivated shopping - the Galeries Lafayette are the best example. The surrounding galleries spiral up like opera boxes, crowned by a glass dome that hovers 42 meters above the ground. Consumption architecture in perfection.

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    Break cult

    Relax for an hour. This works best in one of the many parks, like here in the Jardin des Tuilleries at the Louvre. The green metal chairs in the parks are cult. Industrial design from 1923. They are named like the famous Jardin du Luxembourg in which they were first installed: Chaise Luxembourg. By the way, until 1974 you had to pay for a seat.

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    Snack

    Delicious food doesn't have to cost a lot in expensive Paris. You are in good hands in the Marais, the old Jewish quarter of Paris. The rue des Rosiers has the best falafel in town. It is a pleasure to stroll through the quiet, original quarter with its small shops, bookshops and bistros. The residents are very committed to ensuring that it stays that way.

    Author: Anne Termèche


The plague of rats, which contributes to the impression of uncleanliness, has by no means been resolved on the Seine. The city costs one million euros to fight the rodents. The expert Pierre Falgayrac estimated a few months ago that there are around 3.8 million rats in the capital - but this number fluctuates.

Christian Böhmer (dpa)