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The heart of Paris will now be traf­fic-free on the first Sun­day of ev­ery month, start­ing from 7 Oc­to­ber. Traf­fic-free zones will in­clude the Ile de la Cité, the Ile St-louis, Lou­vre, Opéra, Châtelet and the Marais. Mayor Anne Hi­dalgo also called for Europe to hold an­nual car-free days to re­duce pol­lu­tion.

Uber’s Euro­pean equiv­a­lent, Tax­ify, is ex­pand­ing into dock­less scoot­ers, which will be launched in Paris un­der a new Bolt brand. Users will be able to find Bolt scoot­ers avail­able for hire around the city through Tax­ify’s main app, and hire them for €0.15 a minute, with a min­i­mum fare of €1.

The SNCF, France’s na­tional rail com­pany, is ex­tend­ing its low-cost TGV ser­vice, Ouigo, which will start op­er­at­ing from Gare de Lyon from 9 De­cem­ber to carry pas­sen­gers to Mar­seille, Nice, Cannes and Toulon.

The French gov­ern­ment has given the green light for ma­jor im­prove­ments to the coun­try’s rail in­fra­struc­ture in­clud­ing five new high-speed rail lines. The sec­tions be­tween Bordeaux and Toulouse, Mont­pel­lier and Per­pig­nan, Mar­seille and Nice, Paris and Le Havre, and Roissy and Pi­cardie will be pri­ori­tised, in­clud­ing a po­ten­tial ex­ten­sion to Gare St-lazare in the French cap­i­tal. Build­ing works will be spread out be­tween 2018-2022. Low-cost air­line Ryanair has an­nounced it will open two new bases in France, one in Bordeaux and an­other in Mar­seille. Each base will have two air­craft and of­fer new weekly flights to Manch­ester, along with other new Euro­pean des­ti­na­tions.

Air France has launched a range of wifi passes, al­low­ing pas­sen­gers to surf the net dur­ing flights. There are three op­tions: a free mes­sag­ing pass al­low­ing peo­ple to text on apps such as What­sapp or Face­book Mes­sen­ger, a Surf pass for go­ing on­line and send­ing emails (be­tween €3 and €18) and a Stream pass giv­ing ac­cess to high-speed con­nec­tion for stream­ing and down­load­ing (€30 for 10,000 miles). Air France hopes to equip its en­tire fleet by 2020.

Ryanair will open a new base in Mar­seille

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