Dog mess been such a problem that it was cited as one of the reasons why Paris lost the 2012 bid for the Olympics! It used to really upset me to have to walk on such filthy pavements. But I must say that things are improving and on recent trips to Montluçon, Paris and Lille, I noted that the streets were quite clean. One is now far more likely to see a dog walker with a small black plastic bag than 10 years ago, but there are still many miscreants – a word from Old French! In the UK there were campaigns by local groups of mothers to shame people into picking up poop. I recently saw that one UK council was threatening people with a fine of £1000 for non-conformity. In Paris it is 68€.

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