Friday 10 June 2016 13.08 BST
City links: Au revoir, vintage cars
From one European move to combat air pollution to another. Paris may have already trialled car-free days, but from 1 July the city will implement a weekday ban on any car manufactured before 1997 to help reduce the number of vehicles on the roads and encourage alternative modes of transport – or at least the use of newer, cleaner, electric or hybrid models.
Those who prefer driving vintage cars through the streets of Paris (or those who haven’t needed to buy a new car since the emergence of the Spice Girls) will still be able to enter the city centre on evenings and weekends, but by 2020 these pre-1997 models will be banned from the French capital in entirety. If you’re going to miss the sight of vintage cars in Paris I suggest you watch the 1976 short film C’était un Rendez-vous now.