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Operation cleanup: A Paris canal is drained of water

Canal Saint-Martin, popular with Parisians and visitors alike for its arched bridges, locks and trendy surrounding neighbourhood, will be emptied for the first time in 14 years. Fish will be moved to safety during the three-month operation to remove rubbish.

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Seagulls fly around scooter wrecks, bikes and wastes in the canal Saint Martin.

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A worker prepares to weigh a carp caught during the draining of the Canal Saint-Martin. Authorities start a three-month cleanup operation of the canal St-Martin, in north-eastern Paris, in an attempt to refurbish its locks and remove rubbish.

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Workers catch fish during the draining of the Canal Saint-Martin in Paris, France.

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An abandoned mud covered scooter is seen during the draining of the Canal Saint-Martin in Paris, France. Authorities start a three-month cleanup operation of the canal St-Martin, in north-eastern Paris, in an attempt to refurbish its locks and remove rubbish.

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Canal Saint Martin in Paris will be emptied for the first time in 14 years for a drainage and cleaning operation.

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A municipality worker relocates fish from a section of the canal as the canal is drained for maintenance.

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A discarded bike in the canal Saint Martin.

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Municipality workers wade through the canal Saint-Martin to relocate fish as the canal is drained for maintenance in Paris.

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A worker wades in the water as he inspects abandoned bicycles during the draining of the Canal Saint-Martin.

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A worker weighs fish caught during the draining of the Canal Saint-Martin.

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