Rats are taking over Paris
Paris may have plenty of lost tourists and notoriously rude waiters, but they aren't the only pests scuttling about the City of Light.
Now, a swarm of rats has overtaken the Tuileries gardens near the Louvre.
Photographer Xavier Francolon (side note: awesome name) visited the popular tourist hangout last week to capture the rodents on camera, with droves surfacing during the peak hours of the day, crawling around horrified park-goers. In the two days he spent at the Tuileries, Francolon reportedly saw 30 rats.
They're as gross as you'd expect.
Of course, negligent out-of-towners are the real culprits.
"The tourists throw their scraps of pizza and sandwiches all over the place", one distressed gardener told the Guardian.
A statement issued by the culture ministry and the Louvre on Monday defended their maintenance of the gardens: "Like any space or urban building near a river, particularly in the centre of Paris, the public domain of the Louvre museum can be the victim of a large and harmful presence of rodents, particularly in the summer".
So far, no solution to rid the world of awful tourists has been found yet, either.