Paris Says ‘Non’ to Pollution and Cars
Its romance with the automobile has died. After a “pollution emergency” shrouded the Eiffel Tower last week, Mayor Anne Hidalgo’s office is temporarily halving the number of vehicles allowed into the City of Love. Those getting green lights include electric cars, hybrids, cars carrying more than three people and public transportation — the latter being free to ride during the ban. Paris, which hosts the U.N. climate summit this December, is also flirting with the idea of permanently banning the heaviest-polluting vehicles to avoid future smog.