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Driving Through Paris? That’s Going to Get a Lot Tougher in 2024

The French capital will ban non-essential traffic passing through the city in time for the Olympics.

Traffic on the Champs Elysees.

Traffic on the Champs Elysees.

Photographer: Benjamin Girette/Bloomberg
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Most drivers looking to traverse a big city try to figure out the shortest and quickest route. In Paris, that’s going to get a lot trickier.  

In two years’ time, the French capital will ban non-essential through-traffic from its city center. The plan, which is expected to eliminate around half of the daily car journeys through Paris’ core, has been a long-term objective for the city, part of its overall drive to slash the number of cars on the roads.