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ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE ROAD

Bri­tish driv­ers in Calais could be al­lowed to drive on the left-hand side of the road. Un­der cur­rent pro­pos­als, the ini­tia­tive is likely to take place on one of the May bank hol­i­days of next year on one par­tic­u­lar day or pos­si­bly for a whole week­end. The pres­i­dent of the Hauts-de-France re­gion, Xavier Ber­trand said the ges­ture would help boost tourist num­bers to the port city and show that Bri­tons are wel­come in France, par­tic­u­larly af­ter Brexit.

CITY SCOOT

SNCF is tri­alling the use of scoot­ers ( trot­tinettes) from St-De­nis sta­tion in Paris, with plans to ex­tend the ser­vice to other sta­tions. At the mo­ment, only SNCF em­ploy­ees are able to use the scoot­ers, but they will be avail­able for ev­ery­one from 28 Au­gust. A prod­uct of the Al­sace-based start-up KNOT, the scoot­ers are de­signed to fa­cil­i­tate easy travel be­tween the Métro sta­tion and the of­fice. It’s hoped they will soon be able to be left any­where on the street and be ge­olo­cated through the app.

PUSH THE BOAT OUT

Brit­tany Fer­ries has or­dered a new cross-Chan­nel ship that will op­er­ate from Portsmouth to Caen. The ship, that will be named Hon­fleur, will make three daily re­turn jour­neys from Portsmouth to Caen start­ing in June 2019. Brit­tany Fer­ries has in­vested £175m in the ferry, the 11th in its fleet and has said it is an ex­pres­sion of the com­pany’s con­fi­dence in the UK, es­pe­cially af­ter Brexit. The new ferry can carry up to 1,680 pas­sen­gers, 550 cars, 64 lor­ries and will have a 120-seat restau­rant, two cin­e­mas and a boutique shop­ping area.

THE FU­TURE IS GREEN

France will ban sales of petrol and diesel cars by 2040. Em­manuel Macron’s gov­ern­ment an­nounced the ini­tia­tive just one day af­ter Volvo said it would only make elec­tric or hy­brid cars from 2019 on­wards. The move is part of a plan to meet its tar­gets un­der the Paris cli­mate ac­cord. Ni­co­las Hu­lot, France’s ecol­ogy min­is­ter said the coun­try’s car in­dus­try was well pre­pared for the change, which would help to fight against air pol­lu­tion.

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