Can You See Beijing From the Eiffel Tower?

China's experience with driving bans (and copied by Paris) shows they are ineffective and possibly counter-productive as drivers figure out ways to circumvent them over the long term.
Paris, the city of ... smog? Photographer: Thomas SamsonAFP/Getty Images

Last week, as Parisians were choked by the city's worst, Eiffel Tower-obscuring smog since 1997, they were left to ask the same, depressing question: How does this compare with Beijing?

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