In an effort to combat smog levels, Paris will ban cars driving down its iconic Champs-Elysees Avenue on the first Sunday of every month.
The decree, by Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo, was issued as part of the Paris Respire (Paris Breathes) campaign, where various streets across the capital are pedestrianized. Museums across Paris are also free on the first Sunday of every month.
Originally set to begin on Sunday, May 1, the Socialist mayor moved the first pedestrian day to May 8 as May 1 is a public holiday across Europe and most city workers needed to run the scheme will be off.
The World Health Organization says fine-particle air pollution is responsible for approximately 42,000 premature deaths in France each year.