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Food scraps and other items left on the grounds by picnickers brings unwelcome visitors to the grounds of the world famous and popular Louvre Museum in Paris. (July 29)

SHOTLIST:

AP Television - Clients Only

Paris, France 29 July, 2014

1. Wide of Louvre courtyard

2. Mid view of Louvre entrance

3. SOUNDBITE: Evelyne Delemarre, Netherlands:

(transcript below)

4. Rat scurries across garden grounds beneath statue

5. Couple picnicking on the grounds

6. SOUNDBITE: Evelyne Delemarre, Netherlands:

(transcript below)

7. Pan down from Louvre wall to hedgerows with traps

8. Rat crawling underneath hedgerow

9. Gardener in hedgerow

10. Rat traps under hedgerow

11. Tourist searching for rat

12. Rat scurrying between hedgerow

13. Woman taking photograph

VOICE-OVER SCRIPT:

SUMMER IN PARIS. THOUSANDS OF VISITORS FLOCK TO THE LOUVRE, THE WORLD FAMOUS ART MUSEUM.

THIS YEAR, THE ONE-TIME HOME OF FRENCH ROYALTY IS ATTRACTING MUCH MORE THAT TOURISTS.

(SOUNDBITE: Evelyne Delemarre, Tourist from the Netherlands)

"Well, they are not really clean animals I think, so I think there's a lot of dirt probably if they are here."

IT SEEMS THAT THE GARDENS SURROUNDING THE MUSEUM ARE OVER-RUN WITH RATS.

GARDENERS ARE BLAMING PICNICKERS WHO LEAVE CRUMBS AND OTHER FOOD ITEMS ON THE GROUNDS FOR ATTRACTING THE RODENTS.

(SOUNDBITE: Evelyne Delmarre, Tourist from the Netherlands)

"I normally don't see any rats, that's why I was surprised about it."

WHILE THE MUSEUM IS AWARE OF THE PROBLEM AND REGULARLY CONDUCTS RAT EXTERMINATIONS, THE ANIMALS RUN FREE ON THE GARDEN LAWNS.

HUNDREDS OF RAT TRAPS HAVE BEEN SET UP AROUND THE HEDGEROWS IN AN EFFORT TO STAMP OUT THE RODENT REVOLUTION.

AND YET, THEY PERSIST.

SO, IN BETWEEN THE STATUES AND THE FOUNTAINS OF THE GARDENS AROUND THE LOUVRE STILL SCURRY THE LESS POPULAR FOUR FOOTED RATS OF PARIS.

TOM RITCHIE, ASSOCIATED PRESS

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