Parisian Rats Are Being Sent to the Guillotine — Really

Flooded Seine river and banks in Paris
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It’s among Parisians’ favorite facts that rats outnumber people in the city.

Last month, as the Seine flooded, hundreds of rats emerged from Paris’s waterways and onto the streets, documented in many disconcerting videos.

In efforts to eliminate the infestation, Parisians have tried a number of unconventional approaches, including bringing cats into top government buildings. But the newest method is taken from the pages of Parisian history: The Paris suburb of Aubervilliers has installed guillotines in the sewers to kill rats.

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