Garbage collection workers in Paris have been on strike for 16 days, leading to the accumulation of growing piles of uncollected garbage throughout the city, with some reaching higher than human height.
The strike has affected the beauty of the city, which serves as a hallmark of France's reputation for tourism.
Despite the government's efforts to end the strike as early as possible, negotiations have failed to yield any tangible results yet.
The workers are protesting against the proposed restructuring of waste management services in Paris, which they argue would adversely affect their levels of pay and job security.
Vincent Salazar, an artistic consultant residing in a Left Bank neighbourhood, has criticised the strike, saying he would prefer "Chanel to the stink" brought by the piles of garbage near his building, overlooking the Luxembourg Gardens.
Both The Independent and AP News report on the same issue, highlighting the strike's duration, the accumulation of garbage and how it affects people's lives.
However, while The Independent uses the phrase "garbage dumps" and speaks of the toll it takes on the "renowned aesthetics" of Paris, AP News calls it "trash" and mentions how the piles of garbage stand higher than a person's height.
The quotes from the artistic consultant also show how people feel about the situation in their own different ways.