Paris

Paris Will Finally Let You Have a Little Fun in Public Parks

Bikes, games, picnics, and dogs are finally getting a warmer welcome in the French capital’s famously stringent parks and gardens.

Paris Will Make Public Transportation Free for Kids

In a plan to help families and reduce car usage, anyone under 11 years old will be able to ride metro and buses for free, as will people with disabilities under 20.

A photo of a Christmas tree in downtown Rome.

The Tree That Ruined Your City’s Christmas

From Rome to Baltimore, the quality of the municipal Christmas tree can expose a city’s deeper failures.

A protester wears a yellow vest, the symbol of a French drivers' protest against higher diesel fuel prices.

France Gives In to ‘Yellow Vest’ Protesters’ Demands

Prime Minister Édouard Philippe announced the government will cancel plans to increase fuel taxes—but the energy powering the protests likely won’t disappear.

A view of the Eiffel tower and the Paris skyline.

Cities Around Paris Strike a Rare Agreement to Ban Diesel Cars

France’s most comprehensive car ban marks an important moment of cooperation for oft-quarreling municipalities.

Stairs from the Eiffel Tower, to be auctioned in Paris.

For Sale: A Piece of the Eiffel Tower

A section of the tower’s original staircase is up for auction in Paris this month.

People walk in a pedestrian-only zone along the river Seine.

Paris Gets to Keep Its Car Ban

Mayor Anne Hidalgo shifted her defense of the pedestrianization plan, winning with an argument that a car ban protects the city’s heritage and tourism.

A photo shows a London Underground sign.

Getting a Bird’s Eye View of the World’s Subway Systems

Online artists are tracing transit lines onto aerial photos, offering a new way to visualize an often hidden mode of transit.

A Plan for Even Cheaper Train Travel Between Paris and London

A proposed discount service could cut prices by 25 percent.

Paris Maps the Best Places to Avoid the Summer Heat

A cool-seeking app and a butt-cooling bench are the latest tools to help people cool down.

Is Paris Ready for Electric Scooter Sharing?

LimeBike’s fleet arrives at an opportune time, with the full blessing of city hall—but cultural and logistical hurdles could still pose a challenge.

Paris Campaigns to Protect the ‘Intangible’ Cultural Value of Its Bistros

The city wants UNESCO to list the cafe-restaurant hybrids as world heritage sites. Can that save them from decline?

Court Says Paris's Car Ban Is Illegal

The city vows to fight for its plans to pedestrianize a major thoroughfare along the river Seine.

Paris Cracks Down on Slumlords

A new case delivers on the government’s promise to treat bad landlords “like drug dealers.”

On Paris Metro, Drug Abuse Reaches a Boiling Point

The transit workers’ union says some stations on Line 12 are too dangerous to stop at. What will the city do?

What Can the Paris Olympics Do For Saint-Denis?

While less exorbitant than previous Summer Games, many question why the working class suburb has to depend on it in order to receive critical infrastructure investments. Some are still hoping to stop the mega-event from happening.

European Cities Figured Out E-Bikes. Why Won't New York?

Paris, Madrid, and Lisbon are making it easier than ever for residents to get a boost as they pedal around town. New York says that’s simply not allowed.

A drinking fountain is pictured.

Paris's Latest Luxury: Sparkling Water Fountains

When regular water just isn’t Parisian enough.

Paris's Car Debate Gets Personal

Pro-car protestors publish Mayor Anne Hidalgo’s direct telephone number. But that doesn’t mean she’s prepared to listen.

Paris's Bois de Vincennes is pictured.

Paris Opens Its First Clothing-Optional Park

Public asset or provocation?