Mayor wants to ban diesel vehicles in central Paris

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Anne Hidalgo aims to outlaw diesel vehicles in the French capital entirely by 2020 and to limit the number of all cars in city centre.

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Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo revealed plans on Sunday to ban diesel vehicles in the French capital entirely by 2020 and to limit the number of cars allowed in an effort to curtail pollution in the city centre, reports FRANCE 24.

"In the four central districts – apart from bikes, buses and taxis – the only vehicles allowed will be residents' cars, delivery vehicles and emergency vehicles," Hidalgo said in an interview with the Journal du Dimanche weekly.

Hidalgo said the proposed limits would at first apply only on weekends, but they could then be "quickly" extended to the rest of the week.

"I want diesel cars out of Paris by 2020 and, if possible, beyond the périphérique," said the mayor, referring to the ring road that encircles Paris.

Hidalgo said that car ownership in the city was already on the decline. "Today, 60 percent of Parisians don't have their own car whereas in 2011, it was 40 percent. It's moving quickly," she said.

Central Paris has a relatively high population density in European terms, and tourists are often surprised by the traffic levels in and around the historic sights of the world's most-visited city.

Read more of this report from FRANCE 24.

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