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Driv­ers who use mo­bile phones in the car are now break­ing the law even if they pull over, switch off the en­gine and put haz­ard lights on. Un­der a new law to re­duce road deaths, it is now il­le­gal to use your phone at the wheel un­less you are us­ing a hands-free set or are parked in a des­ig­nated park­ing space. Driv­ers who flout the ban face a €135 fine and three li­cence points.

Toll charges have gone up on France’s mo­tor­ways to cover the cost of main­tain­ing and im­prov­ing the net­work. Mo­torists face a rise of 1-2% on busy roads and as much as 4% on qui­eter routes.

Bike hire com­pany has shut down oper­a­tions in Paris and other French cities af­ter van­dals and thieves de­stroyed its fleet. Launched in France last year, the ser­vice en­abled smart­phone users in Paris, Lille, Reims and Lyon to un­lock a nearby bike and rent it for 50 cents an hour. How­ever, the Hong Kong start-up has now pulled out of France, say­ing that 3,000 of its bikes have been dam­aged and over 1,000 stolen.

Trav­ellers to Paris can now get swift an­swers to any ques­tions they have about stay­ing in the French cap­i­tal thanks to a round-the-clock helpline. The Paris City Helpline is ac­cessed through a smart­phone app and costs €5 a day to use. This cov­ers un­lim­ited calls and live mes­sages to a ‘city helper’ who can ad­vise on trans­port, tourist at­trac­tions and restau­rant reservations.

Air France is in­tro­duc­ing a new route from Paris-charles to Gaulle to Per­pig­nan for this sum­mer sea­son. The op­er­a­tor’s do­mes­tic ser­vice HOP! will run five flights a week, from 16 July to 2 Septem­ber, with one-way tick­ets start­ing at €44.

Air France flights were dis­rupted in Fe­bru­ary when pi­lots, cabin crew and ground staff held a one-day strike to de­mand a 6% pay rise and protest about job losses and work­loads.

Eurostar has pledged to go fos­sil fuel-free by 2030 and to halve its plas­tic con­sump­tion within the next two years. The train com­pany made the com­mit­ments as part of a 10-point en­vi­ron­men­tal plan in line with the 2016 Paris cli­mate agree­ment. It will in­tro­duce an elec­tric fleet by 2020 and aim to power all its rail jour­neys ex­clu­sively on green en­ergy within 12 years.

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