7 Jan 2016

Pedestrians to take over Champ Elysees

10:44 am on 7 January 2016

One of the world's most famous streets, the Champs Elysees in Paris, will be closed to cars one Sunday a month to let pedestrians reign supreme.

The Paris marathon on the Champs Elysees.

The Paris marathon on the Champs Elysees. Photo: AFP

Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo says it's part of a series of environmentally friendly measures planned for this year.

Other plans include permanent pedestrianisation, starting in summer, for a stretch of high-traffic road bordering the river Seine's right bank.

Thousands of Parisians strolled down the Champs Elysees on the last Sunday of September when it was closed to cars as part of a Europe-wide 'day-without-cars' event.

Ms Hidalgo said all of Paris would be closed to cars when the event is held again this year.

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