Pet owners can now take big dogs on the Paris Métro, so long as they have a valid ticket for their pet pooch. Until recently, it was only small dogs that could use the underground line while larger dogs were only allowed on the RER network. Owners wishing to take big dogs on the Métro must keep them on a lead and muzzled. This relaxing of the rules is in keeping with the dog-friendly nature of the French capital where it is not uncommon to see dogs accompany their owners to restaurants, bars and shops.
Children riding a bicycle in France are now required by law to wear a helmet. The law states that children under 12 are required to wear a helmet, regardless of whether they are cycling themselves or are passengers on a bike. Failure to wear a helmet could result in a fine of €90 for the parents. It’s hoped that the new law will encourage adults to wear helmets, especially since France saw a 7% increase in cyclist-related deaths last year.
TICKETS ON SALE
SNCF has opened ticket sales for its two new high-speed lines, TGV Armorique and TGV Océane. Services will start on 2 July but tickets are available to book now. The new TGV Armorique will link Paris to Rennes in 1h25 and the TGV Océane will take passengers to Bordeaux from Paris in two hours, reducing the journey time by 1h15. Eurostar has also opened its ticket sale for the new Bordeaux high-speed line.
PARIS FOR PEDESTRIANS
A stretch of the Right Bank in Paris has been pedestrianised, making room for the 10-hectare Rives de Seine park. Dedicated to relaxation and sport, the park takes in a 4.5km-long stretch. In addition to sporting facilities, the banks will feature green areas with fruit trees and lawns. This initiative for pedestrians, which is monitored by the authorities, has often been contested, but the Paris Mayor, Anne Hidalgo addressed these concerns, saying that they were not “anti-vehicles” but “anti-pollution”.