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Buckets & spades out in Paris

Buckets & spades out in Paris
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Most of the year the Voie Georges Pompidou is a blaring mass of motor vehicles on the banks of the Seine in Paris.

But it is Paris Plages time in the capital again, and from this morning locals along the road and in La Vilette can nip down and pull up a lounger to soak up the sun.

For the ninth year the car has been banned from stretches of urban motorway which have been covered with sand, and kitted out with games, riverside bars, and palm trees.

“Since I don’t live in Paris and I don’t use my car in Paris I think it’s a good idea, I come here only to have fun,” said one happy sunbather.

Not everyone is comfortable with the council’s idea to maybe make some of this permanent;

“It’s crazy, there’ll be traffic all over, it’s already jammed, but if it is made permanent, can you imagine?” said one harassed motorist.

Making riverside leisure areas permanent is for the moment just an idea, but Paris Plage is one of the council’s single most popular initiatives, and for many Parisians the choice between more cars and sunbathing is a no-brainer.