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[Slideshow] No cars but a lot of rain on Paris' Car-free Day

The Place de la Concorde, with French police vans guarding the entrance to the Champs-Elysées avenue. In the background, the dome of the Grand Palais museum.
The Place de la Concorde, with French police vans guarding the entrance to the Champs-Elysées avenue. In the background, the dome of the Grand Palais museum. Arnab Béranger with Vanessa Frye

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The few cars allowed on Paris' Car-free Day are stuck by the Seine, while the rain keeps cyclists away.
The few cars allowed on Paris' Car-free Day are stuck by the Seine, while the rain keeps cyclists away. Arnab Béranger with Vanessa Frye

The few cars allowed on Paris' Car-free Day stuck by the Seine near Notre-Dame cathedral.
The few cars allowed on Paris' Car-free Day stuck by the Seine near Notre-Dame cathedral. Arnab Béranger with Vanessa Frye

Distressed security personnel, outnumbered by furious motorists, try to keep cars from entering Central Paris. Nevertheless, a few cars forced the security perimeter.
Distressed security personnel, outnumbered by furious motorists, try to keep cars from entering Central Paris. Nevertheless, a few cars forced the security perimeter. Arnab Béranger with Vanessa Frye

The Pont Neuf bridge in Central Paris, normally bustling with cars and buses, stands forlorn on a rainy Car-free Day.
The Pont Neuf bridge in Central Paris, normally bustling with cars and buses, stands forlorn on a rainy Car-free Day. Arnab Béranger with Vanessa Frye

Sheltered from the rain, a cyclo-car breezes past the Louvre.
Sheltered from the rain, a cyclo-car breezes past the Louvre. Arnab Béranger with Vanessa Frye

French police guard the entrance to the Champs-Elysées.
French police guard the entrance to the Champs-Elysées. Arnab Béranger with Vanessa Frye

No cars but plenty of rain at the Place de la Concorde.
No cars but plenty of rain at the Place de la Concorde. Arnab Béranger with Vanessa Frye

The obelisk at Paris' Place de la Concorde, seen from the Champs-Elysées avenue.
The obelisk at Paris' Place de la Concorde, seen from the Champs-Elysées avenue. Arnab Béranger with Vanessa Frye

A rare view of Paris' famous Champs Elysées Avenue.
A rare view of Paris' famous Champs Elysées Avenue. Arnab Béranger with Vanessa Frye

'Quartier libre - Free neighbourhood' - the Strasbourg Saint-Denis area in Paris holds the city's first citizen's fair on Car-free Day.
'Quartier libre - Free neighbourhood' - the Strasbourg Saint-Denis area in Paris holds the city's first citizen's fair on Car-free Day. Arnab Béranger with Vanessa Frye

"Change our cities, not our climate", reads a banner at Paris' Free Neighbourhood (Quartier Libre), in the Northern Strasbourg Saint-Denis area.
"Change our cities, not our climate", reads a banner at Paris' Free Neighbourhood (Quartier Libre), in the Northern Strasbourg Saint-Denis area. Arnab Béranger with Vanessa Frye

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