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