Paris air pollution causes 'thousands' of deaths a year


Last Sunday Paris banned cars from many of its roads and on Monday the city's councillors voted to pedestrianise a busy route along the River Seine. Both measures are aimed at tackling the problem of air pollution that is affecting Paris as well as other large French cities. It is estimated that such pollution kills up to 2,500 people a year in the French capital, some 60 times more people than perish in road accidents on the city's streets. Mediapart's environment correspondent Jade Lindgaard reports.

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A tangle of sheet metal embedded in a concrete wall, a shattered windscreen. A scooter that has split into pieces in a sea of oil and blood, fire crews running with a stretcher. We all know what a road accident looks like.