Paris bans cars for the day 0

People walk on the Champs-Elysees, September 27, 2015 as central Paris goes car-free on Sunday. The French capital's central arrondissements and areas around landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower and Champs-Elysees are free from car noise and exhaust fumes, allowing people to stroll, cycle or skate between 0900 GMT and 1600 GMT.  REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer   - RTX1SPIQ

The start of October saw Paris close its roads to vehicles, giving pedestrians the chance to stroll the stroll the picturesque streets and boulevards, without having to dodge notoriously aggressive Parisian drivers.

Buses, emergency vehicles and taxis were still permitted to use the roads of the French capital but pedestrians and cyclists were very much the dominant presence as Paris temporarily became a car free zone.

The move was unanimously popular with Parisians as they ambled round the French capital. One resident, Maxime Denis, said as she strolled near the Place de la Republique: “It’s nice for the air quality, for enjoying the city centre.”

Another Parisian, Francois Boillat said: “As a Parisian I only use public transport all the time, even though I have a car buried in a sixth basement car park and I barely use it. It is a bit stupid. I should sell it.”

The current mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo was elected after promising to take measures to curb pollution and reduce traffic in the capital, where emission regularly break EU restrictions.

One event probably not so keen on the initiative was Paris Fashion Week, who rely on a fleet of trucks to install stages and extravagant sets.

In the run-up to the traffic-ban, the many fashion houses taking part were forced to send out flurries of warning emails reminding guests to use alternative transport.

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