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Paris Restricts Driving to Combat Pollution

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For the first time since 1997, government officials in Paris passed drastic measures to fight pollution that has loomed over the city for over a week, banning half of the city's cars and trucks from driving. (March 17)

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Paris - March 17, 2014

1. Wide pan of Paris skyline showing smog

2. Wide Paris with Eiffel Tower in distance

3. Mid cars passing by with Eiffel Tower in background

4. SOUNDBITE (French) Pierre Venot, resident (Transcript Below)

5. Wide street with newspaper stand

6. Tight headline of newspaper reading (French): "Odd number plates can drive."

7. Wide police car on street

8. Mid policewoman on bike stopping car

9. Tight policewoman writing out fine for car driver

10. Tight cars driving on street with Eiffel Tower in background

11. SOUNDBITE (French) Pierre Venot, resident (Transcript Below)

12. Wide people on streets with an electronic screen displaying message

13. Tight electronic screen announcing that all public transport is free

14. Wide city covered in smog

15. Wide smoke coming from industrial chimneys

STORYLINE:

PARIS IMPOSED DRASTIC MEASURES ON MONDAY TO COMBAT ITS WORST AIR POLLUTION IN YEARS.

THE CITY BANNED AROUND HALF OF THE CITY'S CARS AND TRUCKS FROM ITS STREETS IN AN ATTEMPT TO REDUCE HIGH LEVELS OF TOXIC SMOG.

SOUNDBITE (French) Pierre Venot, salesman from Paris:

"I was driving around on a scooter last Thursday and Friday and it was really polluted. On a scooter you can really feel it."

CARS WITH EVEN-NUMBERED LICENSE PLATES WERE PROHIBITED FROM DRIVING, FOLLOWING A GOVERNMENT DECISION OVER THE WEEKEND.

AROUND 700 POLICE MANNED 179 CONTROL POINTS, HANDING OUT TICKETS TO OFFENDERS.

BY MIDDAY , 4,000 PEOPLE HAD BEEN GIVEN FINES AND 27 DRIVERS HAD THEIR CARS IMPOUNDED.

SOUNDBITE (French) Pierre Venot, salesman from Paris:

"It is a good idea but if we could have done it a bit in advance we could have organized ourselves. Now to learn of it the day before it starts is a bit hard but we have to adapt like everyone else."

TAXIS AND COMMERCIAL VEHICLES WEREN'T COVERED BY THE BAN, AND PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION WAS MADE FREE FOR THE FOURTH DAY IN A ROW TO HELP DEAL WITH THE POLLUTION.

IT WAS THE FIRST TIME SINCE 1997 THAT THE EMERGENCY MEASURE WAS TAKEN.

MATTHEW BURGOYNE, ASSOCIATED PRESS

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