People were witnessing the cleaning and discoveries of unexpected items. A person named Bernard called “it’s filthy” and “that’s Paris for you” “The last time, I don’t remember seeing so much rubbish in it,” he continued as he spoke about the amount of garbage the canal had collected. “I despair. The youngsters are using it as a dustbin.”
Now you can imagine, these words coming from a resident himself. How bad the condition was.