Air pollution fails to meet EC levels

The European Commission has launched legal action against the UK for failing to control air pollution in 16 areas across the UK.

London v Paris: The head-to-head is on

A French deputy mayor has called London "a suburb of Paris" days after the UK's capital was named more popular a destination than Paris.

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Parisian public transport free

Police officers control cars with number plates ending in even numbers in Paris today Credit: Mousse/ABACAPRESS.COM

The government made the decision after air pollution levels exceeded safe levels for 5 days in a row in the French capital. French experts say the move - last used in 1997 - does have an impact on improving air quality.

An information board shows 'Traffic banned to even' in Paris today Credit: Mousse/ABACA

Public transport was made free of charge on Friday and today in an attempt to encourage Parisians to leave their cars at home.

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London pipped to post as best student city

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London has been voted the second best city in the world to be a student. Credit: Chris Ison/PA Wire

London has been voted the second best city in the world to be a student.

It just missed out to Paris, which took the top spot in the survey by QS Best Student Cities.

It's the second year in a row the French capital has been voted number one.

The top 50 are selected based on their scores in five categories.

The 'student mix' category considers the student community, including the ratio and volume of international students.

The 'employer activity' category looks at which cities are thought by employers to produce the best graduates.

The 'quality of living' category is based on the Mercer Quality of Living Survey and the Global and World Cities index.

The 'affordability' category is based on cost of tuition fees, the Big Mac Index (retail prices), the iPad Index (how much an iPad costs) and the Mercer Cost of Living Index.

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