Anne Hidalgo

Bold Paris anti-pollution plan clouded by social divisions


Every year in France, atmospheric pollution causes the deaths of an estimated 48,000 people and annually costs the country’s economy more than 100 billion euros. The authorities in Paris, where pollution has reached record peaks in recent years, this month introduced a programme to restrict access to the capital by most-polluting vehicles and incentives for inhabitants to give up ownership of cars. But, as Laurent Geslin reports, the plan has been attacked as discriminating for lower-income groups of the population amid wide disagreement between government, city authorities and political parties on how to tackle a growing health crisis.

Paris city council approves historic merger of central arrondissements

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Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo's plan to regroup the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th city districts under one town hall will go to parliament for ultimate approval.

France remembers terror victims with muted ceremony

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Around 2,000 people submitted to security checks to get into Place de la République event, which paid tribute to terror victims in 2015.

French president unveils memorial to victims of 2015 terrorism

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François Hollande and Paris mayor Anne Hildago dedicated a plaque to the 147 people who died at the hands of terrorists in France in 2015.

French MPs ponder return of 'national unworthiness' crime

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President François Hollande's socialist government has been at the centre of a political controversy since it announced that convicted dual-national terrorists would be stripped of French nationality. Many of its own supporters on the Left, including senior figures, are bitterly opposed to the idea. Now, as an alternative, some party MPs are suggesting a revival of the old offence of “national unworthiness”, which would entail the citizen concerned losing their civil rights and status, and which was last used at the end of World War II. Mathieu Magnaudeix explains.

Controversy grows over 'Tel Aviv beach' tribute in Paris

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Palestine activists and politicians on the Left have attacked the 'indecency' of honouring Israeli city a year after bloody Gaza conflict.

London and Paris the 'yin and yang' of Europe says mayor

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London mayor Boris Johnson made comment during visit to meet counterpart Anne Hidalgo, as she described 'healthy' rivalry between two cities.

Paris to ban the most polluting buses and lorries by July 2015

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Initiative by mayor Anne Hidalgo is first step on the way to making the French capital a diesel-free city by 2020.

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.

Paris mayor out of step with President Hollande over 2024 Olympics bid

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Anne Hidalgo tells president to hold his horses after François Hollande backed the idea during prime-time live TV interview.

New look for Eiffel Tower officially unveiled

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The €30 million two-year refit of the first floor of the famous Paris landmark includes solar panels and glass floors.

Paris flower market renamed in British Queen's honour

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Ceremony to rename place she visited during her first trip to Paris in 1948 as a princess brings to end monarch's three-day visit to France.

Women's right to vote in France hits 70th anniversary

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President Hollande leads celebrations, joined by new Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo, but warns more needs to be done to ensure full equality.

'Spaniards at peak of French power'

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The ascensions of French PM Manuel Valls and newly elected Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo, both Spanish-born, are celebrated in the Spanish media.

Paris poised to elect first woman mayor

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The two-horse election race between Right and Left for Paris City Hall is led by two women, with socialist Anne Hidalgo tipped to win.