To the rallying cry "Save the banks", hundreds of people – 800 according to the police, 2,000 according to the organizers – gathered Saturday to defend the pedestrianization of the bank right bank in the heart of Paris, a " emblematic site "for the mayor Anne Hidalgo fight against air pollution.
" The banks are ours ", launched Olivier Blond, head of the collective of a dozen associations who called the meeting on pedestrian quays, along the Seine, addressing pedestrians, cyclists and families together under a beautiful spring sun in a festive atmosphere.
Mayor PS of Paris, came "to support this action citizen "among the elected officials of its municipal majority (PS, PCF, Ecologists) adorned with their scarves, greeted before the crowd" an emblematic site ", recalling that Paris had" given its name to the agreement on climate ". 19659002] "We are here for our children to breathe an air of quality, "she said," we are in the sense of history, it is we who bear the future, "she added, ensuring that this mobilization was" followed by all the mayors of the world who are fighting the same fights as us. "
" It's a peaceful fight, "she said, but" it's not the urgency, it's not the polemics that will to back down on the long time that policies must integrate. "
Corinne Lepage, former Minister of the Environment under the Juppé government and author of an Air Law, felt it needed" a lot of courage to tackle air pollution and we owe a lot to Anne Hidalgo who faced storms. "
" There are oppositions and we can understand it, but today we face two priorities , the issue of health and climate change that is trading even less, "added Ms. Lepage noting that" the environmental law is not perfected appropriately adapted. "
-" Abandoning his car "-
Elected officials of Val-De-Marne and Seine-Saint-Denis as its president Stéphane Troussel (PS) were present, as well as the candidate to the direction of the PS Luc Carvounas (Val-de-Marne)
In the middle of the bicycles and the banners, a huge balloon proclaims "Change of air".
Yann Gourvennec, company leader came by bicycle, was there because he "uses the docks every day to go to work."
"Most of the cars that passed on the banks were people who do not live in Paris," says Stéphane Ludwig , a teacher in his thirties, judging "inadmissible that (non-Parisians) mobilize to pollute us."
His little daughter in hand, Elvire believes that "it is a very good idea to keep the banks to the pedestrians ". "I am often near Boulevard Saint-Germain, it is true that it is more clogged than usual but it is a necessary step for everyone to get used to abandoning their car."  Eve, producer, passes by chance but, opposed to the pedestrianization, denounces an "authoritarian decision" of the mayor, and plague against the "dilapidated" public transport that she uses daily.
About fifteen people have manifested away, behind a banner proclaiming "Fight against pollution Save our RER first", denouncing the "authoritarian decision" to close the banks and the "disregard of Paris for its suburbs", according to the association The Vignette of Respect
This pedestrianization, at the heart of a controversy between Paris and the suburbs, elected from right and left, was canceled last month by the administrative court. Mrs. Hidalgo has resumed a decree this week of closure to traffic, 3.3 km from the Georges-Pompidou lane, from the quay below the entrance to the Tuileries tunnel (1st arrondissement) at the exit of the tunnel Henri-IV ( IV).