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Le Eco-Grazing! Paris Uses Sheep To Mow Park Lawns

FRANCE 3 BRETAGNE, LE TELEGRAMME (France)

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PARIS – From Ernest Hemingway to Carla Bruni, the French capital has seen its fair share of notable visitors over the years.

But this week saw a surprising arrival from the provinces: four black woolly sheep brought in from Ouessant Island, a remote island to the west of France, to help "mow" the grass at one of Paris’s public parks.

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Ouessant sheep. Photo Eponimm

The Ouessant sheep are too small to be eaten, or for their wool to be used, says local TV station France 3 Bretagne. In the 1970s, it seemed they were on the verge of extinction, but they are in fact quite robust, which makes them ideal candidates for this experiment, known as eco-grazing.

Eco-grazing makes it possible to cut down on herbicides and limit the noise of lawn mowers, while saving on gas costs. There is also, of course, the fertilizing bonus! It will take about 45 days for the four sheep to “mow” the park’s 2,000 square meters, reports daily newspaper Le Telegramme.

The sheep are kept herded thanks to a high, electrified fence. If the experiment goes well, more sheep could make their way to the French capital.

According to France 3 Bretagne, anybody can try the experiment. A company called Ecomouton (Ecosheep) rents out “mowing sheep” in the Paris region. It costs about 240 euros per month – for two sheep – including delivery.

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The burning issue of Germany stalling and blocking the approval of battle tank deliveries to Ukraine continues to burn.

As intense as the international pressure was, Berlin has once again refused to make a commitment. Rhetoric about the difference between what one wants and what one can achieve, the endless counterarguments, the citing of numbers...none of it however, make them any more credible. In reality they are excuses, with which Chancellor Olaf Scholz shirks the responsibility which, after all, the great, prosperous Germany will not be able to escape.

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The final decisions are ultimately in the hands of Scholz, and one wonders if he is unable to be swayed from an idea he's committed to. Or perhaps he continues to listen to Angela Merkel’s former advisor, General Erich Vad, who said before authorizing the sending of tanks to Kyiv, it would first have to be clear whether the Russian forces should be driven out of Ukraine at all.

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