And finally… pet peeve
DNA testing to identify dog owners who don’t pick up their pets’ business is to be rolled out in a French town.
Béziers, a town of around 75,000 people in southern France, announced the measure after complaints about the amount of dog mess on the town streets.
Owners will be required to obtain a “genetic passport” for their dog against which excrement collected from the streets can be tested by the police, Euronews reports.
Town officials say that owners located through the scheme — which will initially be piloted for two years — will be liable for a €122 (£100) fine.
Béziers mayor Robert Ménard told France Bleu: “I’m fed up with all this dog mess. The state has done nothing, we need to penalise people so that they behave properly.”
A previous attempt to introduce the scheme in 2016 collapsed after a court challenge, but officials are confident that no challenge will be brought to the revised proposal.