Friday, 14 May, 2021

Hidalgo wants to pedestrianize the historic center of Paris


The mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, wishes to pedestrianize the historic center of the capital, after the operation of the quays of the Seine recently ratified by a court decision, we learned from his entourage on Wednesday evening.

Anne Hidalgo

The mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, wishes to pedestrianize the historic center of the capital, after the operation of the quays of the Seine recently ratified by a court decision, we learned from his entourage on Wednesday evening.

The project is part of “a future term of office”, the socialist mayor’s entourage told AFP, specifying that the measure would be adapted after “in-depth studies, in consultation” with all the parties, and that it was going “in the direction of history”.

Ms. Hidalgo, who succeeded Bertrand Delanoë at the head of the Parisian executive in 2014, has not yet formally indicated whether she was a candidate for his succession in 2020.

The first four districts of the capital

The project concerns the first four districts of the capital, located in the heart of Paris, on the right bank, with “the creation of an extremely restricted traffic zone, with autonomous electric shuttles”.

Wishes in this direction will be presented at the next municipal councils of each of the four boroughs concerned.

The police headquarters and the district mayors will be associated, insisted the City of Paris.

Before this measure is adopted in the long term, the Paris town hall initially wishes to expand the “Paris breathes” operation – which provides for pedestrianization of these districts every first Sunday of the month – to generalize it to every Sunday from 2019 .

According to her, such a decision had been requested by the mayors of these tourist districts which cover in particular Notre-Dame-de-Paris, the Pompidou center and the districts of Marais or Les Halles.

A probable candidacy in 2020

The announcement of Anne Hidalgo comes a few days after a legal victory which consecrated a laborious operation of pedestrianization of part of the tracks on the bank.

It sketches the outlines of a probable candidacy for the municipal elections of 2020 of the outgoing mayor, who has made the fight against pollution one of her battle horses, even if it means having to relentlessly cross swords with an opposition wind up against its methods, sometimes criticized for their lack of consultation.

But, if the pedestrianization of the ways on the banks crystallized passions and divided the Parisian elected officials when it was adopted in October 2016, two years later, “I no longer hear anyone contesting this closure on the merits”, assured a close friend of Ms. Hidalgo, a few days ago.

On Monday, the metropolis of Greater Paris (MGP) voted for a ban on the circulation of the most polluting vehicles from July 2019, i.e. diesel vehicles over 18 years old and gasoline vehicles over 21 years old, in a large perimeter around the capital.

(with AFP)

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