Same here. I also was in Paris for a couple weeks (work) in June 2001 and was astonished that the whole city smelled like dog crap. It happened to be a warm June and that didn’t help matters.
And this wasn’t in some offbeat back alley. I walked to and from work every day there which was basically from Arc d’Triomphe down Avenue Grande Armee and it was a minefield of poo especially in the service road.
Anyway glad they’re fixing that problem.
Next they should find a way to make the hotels smell less like kitty litter.
” it was a minefield of poo especially in the service road”
That paints quite a picture and that’s how I remember it. My apartment was on Rue Blanche just a few minutes walk north of the old opera house. I was there for six weeks, and got to go to the Louvre almost every day the last three weeks I was there. By then Spring had started, and that mean the tourists were coming in and so were the strikes. Trains, metro, museum workers. All very civilized.