Paris Makes Public Transit Free

    A view of the Eiffel Tower seen through thick smog, on March 14, 2014, in Paris. Fine particle pollution in several French cities continued unabated today as the modest measures taken by local authorities failed to solve the underlying problem. French non-governmental organization (NGO) Ecologie Sans Frontiere (Ecology without borders) confirmed on March 11 that they had filed a criminal complaint in Paris to denounce the "health scandal" of air pollution, as several regions of France experienced high levels of particulate pollution. AFP PHOTO / PATRICK KOVARIK        (Photo credit should read PATRICK KOVARIK/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Apparently the polar vortex doesn’t love Paris. Due to an unseasonably warm winter that has increased pollution, the City of Light will be making public transit in the city free for three days. The city has been dealing with a maximum pollution alert for several days, and the air is likely to stay unhealthy through the weekend. In an effort to reduce vehicle pollution and risks to residents, the city decided to make transit free. The air-quality index in central Paris on Thursday was roughly the same as Beijing, which has become famous for its choking smog.

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