Half of Paris risks being hit by rubbish strike

Half of Paris risks being hit by rubbish strike
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Ten of the 20 Paris arrondissements may be hit by a garbage-worker strike that started on Monday.

A rubbish strike that kicked off on Monday morning may just leave Paris smelling a little unusual.

Rubbish workers, who are looking for a pay rise, blocked off the entrances to waste collection centres around the Paris suburbs on Monday morning.

Around 400 of the workers went on strike, reported the BFMTV channel, meaning rubbish in some parts of town simply hasn't been collected.

Officials have suggested that ten of the city’s 20 arrondissements could be affected: the 2nd, 5th, 6th, 8th, 9th, 12th, 14th, 16th, 17th, and 20th.

Authorities (and locals) are no doubt hoping that the strikes don’t descend into a repeat of summer 2016 when garbage workers went on strike for five days in a row, leaving two-metre piles of uncollected rubbish on the streets (see pic below).

The City Hall said on Monday said it was open to salary discussion with the workers.