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The Motocrotte, officially called Caninette[1] and informally chiraclette was a small motorized vehicle designed to vacuum up dog faeces in Paris and other French cities.

Introduced in 1982 by Jacques Chirac (then Mayor of Paris),[2] the idea was to provide a rapid mobile strike force, which could travel great distances with access to sidewalks in a minimum of time, to perform a very specific action. The fleet of 100 vehicles was based initially on Yamaha XT 550 and later the XT 600, with a large tank to the rear which housed both water and waste, attached to a vacuum-powered hose which was placed over the material required to be removed.

The project was abandoned in 2002,[3] for a new and better enforced local law which now fines dog owners up to 500 euros for not removing their dog faeces. It was estimated at the time of their removal, that the fleet of 70 Motocrottes were cleaning up only 20% of dog faeces on Parisian streets, for an annual cost of £3million.[4] Use continued in other French cities including Montpellier as of 2016.[5][6]

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  1. ^ Daley, Suzanne (6 November 2001), "Budget Cuts May Foul Sidewalks Of Paris", New York Times, retrieved 2011-02-21
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  4. ^ Henley, Jon (April 12, 2002). "Merde most foul". London: The Guardian. Retrieved July 29, 2010.
  5. ^ McNeil, Donald G. Jr. (1999-11-09), "Paris Journal; A Fouled City Puts Its Foot Down, but Carefully", The New York Times, retrieved 2017-03-01
  6. ^ Hoad, Phil (2016-04-12). "Mind the merde: why can't French cities clean up after their dogs?". The Guardian. Retrieved 2017-03-01.

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