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Royal proposes anti-pollution incentives as traffic restrictions end

Segolene Royal has proposed a series of measures to curb pollution.
Segolene Royal has proposed a series of measures to curb pollution. Benoit Tessier/REUTERS

French minister of environment Ségolène Royal on Saturday presented in a cabinet meeting a series of measures against pollution including incentives for purchasing electric vehicles.

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Several French cities have been reeling under a surge in pollution in recent days. As a result, since Tuesday, half of all private cars were ordered off the roads in the Paris region, alternating between a ban on registration plates ending in odd or even numbers.

However, these restrictions have been eased for Saturday and Sunday following 'favourable predictions' by the organisation AirParif, which monitors air quality in the Paris region.

Meanwhile, Royal said that the problem of pollution has been taken seriously by the government.

The proposed measures included forcing motorists to display colour-coded air-quality certificates on vehicles so that the dirtiest of them could be banned during the next alert. This display sticker is set to become mandatory in the Paris region from January 16.

She also proposed the extension of a conversion premium of 10,000 euros for the purchase of every commercial electric vehicle and electric taxi. This provision is already granted to private individuals.

A bonus of 1,000 euros will also be granted for the purchase of an electric scooter from January 1, she said.

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