Paris 'magnet fishers' snag 51 bikes in canal haul

Source: AFP Published: 2020/12/2 18:58:40

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A pair of anglers armed with powerful magnets pulled out 51 rental bikes from a stretch of canal on the edge of Paris, a surprising haul even for the veteran practitioners.

"It was incredible, we brought up 20 in the first half hour," Clement Charret told AFP on Tuesday.

For the past year and half he has been trawling the depths of canals that snake north and east from the capital "for fun but mostly to clean up."

With his sidekick Enzo, dubbed "Magneto," they also found a motor-scooter and traffic signs at the portion of the Ourcq canal which cuts through a rapidly gentrifying area outside the ring road that surrounds Paris. 

Charret, a 20-year-old student who lives in the nearby suburb, said that while the bike catch was unusual, it wasn't the most interesting item ever plucked by his magnet.

When asked about his favorites, he replied, "A bayonet from World War I and a revolver pistol from the era of Napoleon III," he said.


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