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UPDATE 1-Paris plans to banish all but electric cars by 2030

UPDATE 1-Paris plans to banish all but electric cars by 2030
From Reuters - October 12, 2017

PARIS (Reuters) - Paris authorities plan to banish all petrol- and diesel-fueled cars from the worlds most visited city by 2030, Paris City Hall said on Thursday.

The move marks an acceleration in plans to wean the country off gas-guzzlers and switch to electric vehicles in a city often obliged to impose temporary bans due to surges in particle pollution in the air.

Paris City Hall said in a statement France had already set a target date of 2040 for an end to cars dependent on fossil fuels and that this required speedier phase-outs in large cities.

This is about planning for the long term with a strategy that will reduce greenhouse gases, said Christophe Najdovski,an official responsible for transport policy at the office of Mayor Anne Hidalgo.

Transport is one of the main greenhouse gas producers...so we are planning an exit from combustion engine vehicles, or fossil-energy vehicles, by 2030, he told France Info radio.

The French capital, which will host the Olympic Games in the summer of 2024 and was host city for the latest worldwide pact on policies to tame global warming, had already been eyeing an end to diesel cars in the city by the time of the Olympics.

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