Cheekily he sprayed it on the back of a road sign outside the Pompidou center modern art gallery, which houses Europe’s biggest collection of contemporary art.
Banksy took on the rat as his avatar — a symbol of the vilified and downtrodden — in homage to the Paris street artist Blek le Rat, who started out in 1986 when a general strike by students and workers brought France to a halt.
The movement produced an explosion of street art and ingenious graffiti slogans, some of which have become legendary.
Banksy sprayed another rat wearing a Minnie Mouse bow under the caption “May 1968” near the Sorbonne university over the weekend, one of the centers of the uprising, which was read as a wry take on the decline of French revolutionary spirit.
The Disneyland Paris theme park just outside Paris is now one of the French capital’s biggest employers.
The artist, known for his sharp political and social commentary, made headlines Sunday with another Paris mural of a refugee child covering up a swastika sprayed over the patch of pavement on which she was sleeping.
Placing it right next to a former refugee center closed down in March by the French government was seen as an attack on President Emmanuel Macron’s crackdown on migrants.
Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo, who set up the center, was quick to hail the mural. “Sometimes an image is worth a thousand words. Humanity and pragmatism rather than populism,” she tweeted in a dig at Macron, who had argued the shelter was making Paris a magnet for migrants.
In his first clandestine “blitz” of the French capital, Banksy also created an image of a girl huddled in mourning in a fire exit next to the Bataclan concert hall, where 90 people were massacred by jihadist gunmen in November 2015.
His final stencil, which he posted to his Instagram account on Monday evening shows a genteel old rat couple out for a walk along the River Seine near the Eiffel Tower.