The city was named the 'dirty man of Europe' in an article in British newspaper The Guardian, a label that has provoked quite the controversy in the French capital.
Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo says she wants to step up education on the issue to ensure that Parisians respect their local environment.
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The city spends almost €600 million a year on cleaning, yet despite that visitors and locals alike often remark on the dirty streets, scattered rubbish and sometimes frankly overpowering smell of urine.
So is it really the fault of Parisians?
The city authorities certainly think so, and have launched a number of measures aimed at getting Paris residents to clean up.
As well as the hefty annual budget for the Paris Propréte street cleaning service, city hall also funds 'incivility brigades' which can fine people €68 for anti social acts like throwing litter in the streets, failing to clean up after a dog or public urination.
The frequent torching of wheelie bins in Paris over the last year probably hasn't helped matters. Photo: AFP
Now the Socialist mayor Anne Hidalgo wants is looking at introducing more education programmes to hammer home the importance of keeping the streets clean.
She told radio station France Info: “I am obviously not satisfied with the situation.