Disputed plan to transform Paris road into pedestrian-only zone gets green light
A controversial plan to transform a stretch of road that runs along the Seine River through central Paris into a pedestrian-only zone has been approved by the city council.
The plan is part of the Paris mayor's push to fight the city's exceptionally high pollution.
The Socialist-led council passed the measure amid opposition from conservatives, who argue it will worsen city traffic and disproportionately hurt working class commuters.
Mayor Anne Hidalgo hailed the decision as "historic" and said it would eliminate an urban highway that she argues has no place in the centre of a modern metropolis.
Under the plan, two miles of road from the Tuileries Garden towards the Bastille neighbourhood will be closed down.
Paris authorities have already converted a road along the Left Bank for pedestrian use.