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Paris Makes Public Transport Free As Pollution Veils City Of Light

Photo taken on March 11, 2014 shows the Eiffel tower and Paris' roofs through a haze of pollution. French non-governmental or
Photo taken on March 11, 2014 shows the Eiffel tower and Paris' roofs through a haze of pollution. French non-governmental organization (NGO) Ecologie Sans Frontiere (Ecology without borders) confirmed on March 11 that they had filed a criminal complaint in Paris to denounce the 'health scandal' of air pollution, as several regions of France experienced high levels of particulate pollution. AFP PHOTO / PATRICK KOVARIK (Photo credit should read PATRICK KOVARIK/AFP/Getty Images)

Paris authorities said Thursday they would make public transport free for three days to encourage drivers to leave their vehicles behind due to severe pollution.

Jean-Paul Huchon, head of the organisation that oversees transport in Paris and neighbouring areas, said transport would be free from Friday morning to Sunday evening due to the "significant risks to the health of residents."

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