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Paris tourists share picnics with rats at the Louvre

Published on Jul 29, 2014 11:20 PM
People take in the sun near a fountain in front of the Louvre Pyramid in Paris on July 18, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

PARIS (AFP) - On a summer's day in central Paris, hundreds of tourists are enjoying a picnic in the city's Tuileries garden.

It's a picture perfect scene, a stone's throw from the famous Louvre museum, with just one drawback - the rats.

Look carefully and they are not difficult to spot, scuttling across the lawns or along hedges in broad daylight.

"Now that we've seen one, it disgusts us," declared 19-year-old student Alexandre, as she enjoyed the gardens with her friend Ken.

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