Con­ges­tion charges, New Cale­do­nia in­de­pen­dence and top fe­male som­me­lier.

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France is con­sid­er­ing the in­tro­duc­tion of a con­ges­tion charge in its larger cities for the first time, in or­der to limit traf­fic and cut pol­lu­tion.

Pro­pos­als to be­gin charg­ing driv­ers a €2.50 (£2.17) toll in cities with more than 100,000 in­hab­i­tants and €5 (£4.30) in larger cities such as Lyon, Mar­seille and Nice have been put to­gether by the French gov­ern­ment.

The plans would see France fol­low sev­eral other coun­tries in Europe and be­yond which have in­tro­duced con­ges­tion charges in re­cent years, but the pro­posed mea­sure has faced op­po­si­tion from some lo­cal au­thor­i­ties and mo­tor­ing groups.

Paris mayor Anne Hi­dalgo has re­peat­edly op­posed this type of charge and rep­re­sen­ta­tives in Toulouse and Mar­seille have not greeted the pro­pos­als with open arms.

Other green mea­sures in­cluded in the draft plans are es­tab­lish­ing low-emis­sion zones, ban­ning high-pol­lut­ing ve­hi­cles, pro­mot­ing car pool­ing by build­ing ded­i­cated lanes and order­ing cy­clists to carry proof of own­er­ship of their bike to tackle thefts.

The pro­pos­als are set to be voted on be­fore the end of the year.

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