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On Tuesday, Emmanuel Grégoire, the deputy mayor of Paris, said the campaign criticizing the dirty side of the city was effective in highlighting the capital’s flaws.

Residents of the capital used the hashtag ‘#SaccageParis’ (#TrashedParis), which went viral in 2021, sharing photos of the dirtiest side of the city, with many pictures showing overflowing bin bags, concrete benches gross, rotten flower boxes, vandalism and garish street furniture.

This “was helpful in that it made us question and react,” Grégoire said, adding: “What they criticize is true but sometimes false because they repost photos ad nauseam.”

The deputy mayor made the comments as the Paris City Council announced a “Manifesto for Beauty”, which outlined plans to tackle the capital’s filthy streets and buildings.

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The manifesto sees officials taking a zero-tolerance approach to leaving trash in public places. There will also be an effort to remove shiny and garish road markings, as well as removing plastic “mushroom seats” – which are despised by locals – from sidewalks.

In 2015, the city offered home gardeners the opportunity to plant flowers around street trees. But the project didn’t go as planned, with many mini-gardens becoming rubbish-strewn eyesores covered in dog feces. This initiative will now be cancelled.

The announcement follows eight measures that were presented in July last year, with the aim of giving the city a facelift.

Paris has also launched an initiative to create more green space, a move that will both improve air quality and add color to the gray cityscape.

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