Paris declares a car free day ahead of climate change summit

Crowds descend on the Champs-Elysees in Paris
Crowds descend on the Champs-Elysees in Paris

Crowds descend on the Champs-Elysees in Paris

  • By Sabine De La Fontaine

For the first time since the 1998 world cup, all forms of motorised vehicles have been banned from the city centre of Paris for the entire day. The ban comes ahead of the city’s hosting of the United Nations Climate Conference, which takes place in Paris from 30 November.

The ban appears to be exceptionally popular among the local residence and tourists alike.

Although it is a Sunday the Champs-Elysees, a major tourist attraction and vital line into the centre of Paris, one of Europe’s largest and most densely populated cities, is usually crawling at a snail’s pace packed with traffic and thick fumes.

Today those walking and cycling through the Champs-Elysees have congratulated the French government for the initiative, commenting on the joys of breathing fresh air and the tranquility that has spread over the usually hectic, thickly polluted and  car horn heavy atmosphere.

Paris is a city rich with diesel fuel vehicles, after the recent VW scandal this has taken on a particularly potent relevance. The French Government have stated that they really want Paris to set an example to the world when it comes to climate change control.

S.Fontaine@theinternational.org.uk