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Paris officials aren't calling the limitations on vehicles an outright ban, but rather masquerading it behind a hard cutoff where inefficient cars powered by an internal combustion engine would be phased out in favor of newer, greener technology.

Paris City Hall said in a statement France had already set a target date of 2040 for an end to cars dependent on fossil fuels and that this required speedier phase-outs in large cities.

"Transport is one of the main greenhouse gas producers.so we are planning an exit from combustion engine vehicles, or fossil-energy vehicles, by 2030".

Cities across the globe have announced similar plans in recent months to reduce or eliminate gas- and diesel-fueled cars.

Although it may seem incredibly hard for North Americans to imagine such a ban, many Parisians do not own a vehicle.

Many Parisians do not own cars, relying on extensive public transport systems and, increasingly, fast-burgeoning networks offering bikes, scooters and low-pollution hybrid engine cars for shot-term rental.

Paris has faced rising air pollution in the last few years.

The city of Paris has already imposed car-free zones, car-free days, and fines for drivers who enter the capital city with a vehicle more than 20-years-old. It's also worth noting that Paris served as the host city of the global Paris Climate Accord, a pact to reduce carbon dioxide globally. Reuters reports that France's most-visited city will be banning non-electric cars as early as 2030, which is a full decade before the rest of France. The deadline for those cars is 2024, which is when the city will play host to the Olympic games.

While fossil fuel emissions affect all of France and, indeed, the whole planet, Paris is a hotspot for particle pollution.


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