Paris' Nanny Bloomberg
Via Jay J. Hector, Aurelien Breeden writes in the The New York Times:
BY proposing to reduce air pollution by banning vehicles made before 1997, Mayor Bertrand Delanoë has angered vintage car owners and motorist groups and raised concerns among those who say they cannot afford new cars.
Mr. Delanoë's proposal is part of a wider push by local authorities to comply with European regulations and establish a low-emission zone around metropolitan Paris, including many suburbs, by 2014. The plan would extend the mayor's efforts to make the city more pedestrian-friendly by reducing the number of cars. These efforts include introducing the Vélib' bicycle rental program, establishing the Autolib' electric-car rental system and cutting vehicle traffic along the banks of the Seine.
Mr. Delanoë has been mayor since 2001, but will not run again in 2014. "In Paris, where polluting industries have nearly disappeared, cars are the main source of pollution today," he said in a statement presenting the antipollution plan to city councilors.
But the ban would include many of the most recognizably French cars, including the Citroën 2CV, known as the Deux Chevaux; the Citroën DS, celebrated for its clean, distinctive design; the Renault 4L, a practical Everyman's car of the 1960s and '70s; and many classic Peugeots.
The mayor's critics say he is doing everything he can, in his last years in office, to discourage driving. Among the disgruntled are collectors, who fear they won't be able to take their vintage cars for a spin.