City on alert as hungry wild boars 'invade' Marseille
Published 17/07/2014 | 02:30
They are a well-loved part of Gallic folklore, but the wild boars that Asterix loved to hunt are now "invading" Marseille.
The animals pose a threat to residents of the city, with officials warning people not to feed them.
A campaign for a cull has intensified after a 24-year-old woman was bitten on the arm in a suburb of the city earlier this month.
"Boars aren't teddy bears and it's dangerous to feed them or try to stroke them," Lionel Royer-Perreault, the mayor of the city, said.
Hundreds of boars live in the nearby Calanques national park, where hunting is prohibited.
Marseille residents say the animals have started coming into outlying areas of the city at dusk.
"It's a real invasion," Roselyne Ynesta, of a residents' association, said.
"Some people are throwing food scraps out of the windows of their flats and the boars have got used to being fed." Another resident, Martine Leblanc, said she had to stop keeping chickens.
"I've put up fencing but they just break it down," she said.
Mr Royer-Perreault is lobbying city authorities to let hunters tackle the problem. (© Daily Telegraph, London)