Politico : Latest entrant in Paris mayoral race: Rats!

With an election on the horizon, opponents of the Paris mayor see public hygiene as a point of attack.

PARIS — The French capital has become boomtown for rats — and Mayor Anne Hidalgo is being blamed.

Opponents of the socialist mayor are using a rat infestation — which they say is « out of control » — to attack her record on public hygiene. Suggesting that Hidalgo has paid too much attention to animal welfare activists, her rivals are looking to gnaw away at the left’s 17-year grip on the French capital’s top job ahead of an election in 2020.