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Garbage Is a Protest Symbol in Paris

By 03/21/2023 8:17 PMNo CommentsBy YidInfo Staff

Garbage. It accumulates in mountains, mounds, and piles that are constantly rising and, in some locations, are higher than a person’s.

The 16th day of a garbage collectors’ strike in Paris will start on Tuesday, which is already hurting the City of Light’s famous beauty.

Vincent Salazar, a 62-year-old artistic consultant residing in a posh Left Bank neighborhood, said, “I prefer Chanel to the stink.”

A heap of trash is in the corner of his structure, which faces the Luxembourg Gardens.

He answered, “I’ve seen rats.

Salazar doesn’t care, like many other jaded and strike-hardened Parisians.

Salazar stated, “I’m lucky to live here, but I’m 100% behind these guys. But he didn’t use the term “it,” he said, “They’re smelling it all day.” They ought to be given early retirement.

His opposition to President Emmanuel Macron’s proposal to raise the retirement age by two years, from 62 to 64 for most and from 57 to 59 for garbage collectors, is shared by the majority of French people, according to polls.

According to a particular constitutional provision, Macron rushed through Parliament this week the centerpiece legislation of his second term without a vote.

The administration defeated angry MPs’ no-confidence motions on Monday.

The legislation is currently regarded as passed.

Yet the politics entangled the waste. However, neither the protesting unions nor some of the public is willing to give in.
Social media is flooded with posters depicting a digitally altered image of Macron standing atop a trash heap or picking up trash by himself.

The strike-supporting socialist mayor of Paris was forced to make a difficult decision. City Hall rebuffed requests to remove the vehicles, claiming it was not their responsibility.

To restore a minimal level of service, Police Chief Laurent Nunez subsequently ordered garages to be unblocked and 674 sanitation workers and 206 garbage vehicles to return to work, according to a police tweet on Tuesday.

True enough, a green Paris garbage truck was spotted Tuesday outside a school on a Left Bank street collecting a long, high pile of trash; however, the car was almost filled before all the waste could be removed. Garbage was transported to a storage facility outside of Paris because incinerators were blocked.

According to City Hall, 9,300 tons of trash were still on the streets as of Monday.

Since January, employees have been staging sporadic strikes in various industries, from transportation to electricity. Yet, the waste in the French capital has exposed garbage collectors, who were previously taken for granted, and made their rage clear.

The city’s thriving outdoor culture is feeling the repercussions. Several of Paris’ famed small alleyways are even more congested than usual, forcing pedestrians to move in single file through garbage piles.

As spring comes and the weather warms, the smell of putrid, rotting waste permeates the air more and more. Some sidewalk cafes with seats nearby garbage piles are deserted.

Around 50% of diners had vanished in the previous ten days, according to a server at the legendary seafood restaurant Le Bistro du Dome, where she has worked for the past 26 years.

The same thing is happening to other restaurants, claimed Guillaume, who would only go by his first name.


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