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Paris Smog Obscuring Eiffel Tower Threatens Diesel-Car Dominance

The Eiffel Tower

The Eiffel Tower

Famed Parisian landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower have been increasingly obscured in recent years by an oppressive smog. City officials have placed the blame chiefly on diesel exhaust, widening a Europewide attack on the fuel.

To make good on promises to clear the air, Mayor Anne Hidalgo convinced the city council earlier this year to ban diesel vehicles made before 2011 from the French capital's streets by the end of the decade. She hasn't ruled out barring diesel engines from the road entirely and backs electric and hybrid cars for the future.