Graffiti on the walls, waste in the street, bottles or rubbish floating on the canals … The debate on the cleanliness of Paris has been relaunched in recent days via social networks where many photos, posted under the hashtag #saccageparis, have made react the right and the City.
Supporting photos, many Internet users have denounced that a “Abandonment”, who a “Rampage”, having, according to them, transformed Paris into “Dump” or in “Trash city” looking like “Favella”.
Many have also questioned the management of the mayor PS Anne Hidalgo, possible candidate of the left for the presidential election in 2022.
Workforce reduced due to the pandemic
Faced with this hashtag that has gone viral, the City of Paris denounced “A smear campaign”, claiming on his Twitter account that “Like all cities in France, Paris is faced with incivility and problems of regulating public space” and “Some photos posted are old or taken before the passage of the cleaning teams”.
The City clarified that “2,500 agents intervene every day” and “Throughout Paris”, but that the numbers were “Currently reduced by 10% due to the spread of Covid-19”, what “May cause processing delays”.
She also recalled the existence of the Dans Ma Rue application, which allows residents to report a problem near their home. “Every week, 10,000 reports are processed”, is it specified.
The City’s account subsequently shared several photos of the capital, between the park and the banks of the Seine, recalling that “Paris is also that”.
A session on cleanliness requested by elected officials on the right
For their part, the right-wing elected officials asked in a statement to organize the Paris Council “An exceptional session devoted to the cleanliness and salubrity of the public space”.
“It is time for Ms. Hidalgo and her allies to open their eyes to the decline of Paris. Behind these photos, there is insecurity, ghettoization, the social and economic decline of Paris! “, said on Twitter the LR mayor of the 7th district Rachida Dati.
“We cannot remain deaf to the spontaneous appeal of Parisians”, added the president of the LR federation of Paris Agnès Evren.
The president of the National Rally Marine Le Pen also reacted, estimating in a tweet that “The degradation of our beautiful capital by the Hidalgo team is a national suffering which should not leave any French indifferent”.
The anonymous PanamePropre account, who claims authorship of the hashtag #saccageparis, said he didn’t think “Not that it would take this magnitude”. But “The current disaster could not remain without a massive reaction”, according to him.