French parliament to debate banning older cars in Paris

Paris car ban
Traffic fills the avenue leading up to the Arc de Triomphe. Photo: REUTERS/Charles Platiau

In a bid to cut pollution in Paris, the capital's mayor has proposed to ban all vehicles from the city's roads that were made before 1997.

Around 28 million road trips are made in Paris every day and pollution is at a record level.

Paris car ban
Citroen 2CV cars pass through Place de la Concorde in Paris. Credit: REUTERS/Charles Platiau

But opponents to the ban, which would affect 370,000 older cars, say the proposal is targeting poorer drivers and would mean the end of quintessentially French cars, like the Citroen 2CV, on the roads of Paris.

The French parliament will debate the plans tomorrow but it could be the beginning of the end for older vehicles in the capital.

ITV News correspondent Neil Connery reports: