The French are exceedingly fond of their capital: its magnificent monuments, beautiful buildings and palatial parks.
They also adore pets and have more than any other Europeans. So it is not surprising that the sidewalks of Paris have more of what dogs usually do when they promenade.
The Paris authorities have tried just about everything: 4,400 old-fashioned sidewalk sweepers with long brooms, plus more than 200 modern pooper scooters that vacuum up the mess, and even 80 pooper inspectors who issue on-the-spot fines (to the owners, not the dogs). None of this has solved the problem.
|CBS News Correspondent Tom Fenton|
Bertin figures that Paris needs 2400 wawas for its 220,000 dogs. At $28,000 each, that would cost the city $66,000,000 a mere bagatelle for the government, which lavishes money on the capital like a Frenchman on his mistress. Bertin believes he can convince the Paris authorities to go for the wawas. The question is whether he can convince the dogs.
By Tom Fenton