Two days before the start of Euro 2016 in France, rubbish piled up in parts of Paris on Wednesday and trains were disrupted as strikes and political turmoil over labour reforms dragged on.
Organisers of Europe's four-yearly football extravaganza already face security jitters and Britain joined the United States in warning the tournament could be a target for terror attacks.
But the immediate concern was unresolved strikes, with union blockades of incineration centres in the Paris region causing widespread disruption.
The arrondissements affected are the 2nd, 5th, 6th, 8th, 9th, 12th, 14th, 16th, 17th, and 20th, the City Hall said.
It's understood that four of six rubbish tips that serve the capital were blockades on Wednesday, up from three on Tuesday.
The piles of uncollected household rubbish accumulating in parts of the capital, giving off a foul smell as the temperatures rise, was hardly the image of France that the Euro 2016 organisers want to convey.
The rubbish has left some tourists turning up their noses, including Brian, an American from New York visiting Paris.
Rue Notre-Dame-des-Victoires in the second arrondissement. Photo: Lina Nordin
Photo: Lina NordinPhoto: The Local
Rubbish accumulates on the (usually) picturesque Rue Réamur pic.twitter.com/3CpKxSsALe— The Local France (@TheLocalFrance) June 8, 2016
Additional reporting by Marianna Spring