Paris mayor unveils plan to restrict traffic and pedestrianise city centre
Anne Hidalgo says she wants to cut the number of private cars in French capital by half as part of campaign to tackle pollution
Kim Willsher in Paris
Sunday 8 January 2017 14.34 GMT
The mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, has unveiled plans to restrict traffic in the French capital and pedestrianise the city centre in an attempt to halve the number of private cars on the roads.
The move comes as arguments continue over the closure of roads along the Seine last summer and other traffic reduction measures introduced after dangerous spikes in pollution led to a cloud of smog over the city.
Hidalgo told the Journal du Dimanche she wanted to “divide by around half the number of polluting private cars” in Paris as part of her ongoing campaign to “reconquer the public space” for pedestrians, cyclists and other non-polluting transport, including electric cars and scooters.
A 1km stretch of road along the river from Place de la Concorde and Pont Royal is scheduled for closure.
City authorities also plan to restrict traffic on two main roads running from east to west: the upper highway on the right bank and the rue de Rivoli, on which City Hall is located.