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In a bid to re­duce the num­ber of cars in Paris, the Champs-Élysées will close to traf­fic for one Sun­day each month, the mayor of Paris, Anne Hi­dalgo has an­nounced. The ini­tia­tive is one of a se­ries of en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly mea­sures planned for 2016 de­signed to im­prove the cap­i­tal’s air qual­ity. In Septem­ber last year, thou­sands strolled down the av­enue as part of a day with­out cars event.

Train travel in and around France looks set to be­come more af­ford­able as SNCF’S low-cost rail ser­vice, OuiGo has an­nounced plans to ex­pand in 2016, serv­ing twice as many des­ti­na­tions. Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Guillaume Pepy said he wanted a third of TGV jour­neys in France to cost no more than about €40 by next year. New OuiGo des­ti­na­tions in 2016 will in­clude Nantes and Rennes.

If ped­dling around Paris on a rented Vélib’ sounds too much like hard work, then the city’s new scooter rental scheme could prove a chic al­ter­na­tive. From sum­mer 2016, around 500 elec­tric scoot­ers will be avail­able for rental across the city cen­tre for a price of €3 for ev­ery 15 min­utes. La­belled Ci­tyS­coot, the elec­tric ve­hi­cle’s book­ing sys­tem will op­er­ate via a smart­phone with sub­scribers re­ceiv­ing a dig­i­tal code to ac­ti­vate the scooter. The elec­tric ve­hi­cles are the lat­est ad­di­tion to the city’s fleet of rental travel op­tions.

The pop­u­lar Ne­whaven to Dieppe ferry route has been se­cured for a fur­ther two years. This comes af­ter French au­thor­i­ties promised to sub­sidise the ser­vice un­til March 2016. The ex­ten­sion guar­an­tees that the route, which has been run­ning since 2012, will con­tinue un­til the end of 2017. The ex­ten­sion of the Fren­chowned ser­vice will be wel­comed by fre­quent cus­tomers of the route that has four daily cross­ings in low sea­son and up to six dur­ing the sum­mer.

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