Paths on banks in Paris: Hulot invites Hidalgo and Pécresse to discuss

Nicolas Hulot invites Anne Hidalgo and Valérie Pécresse to his ministry to "look together" how to make the pedestrianization of the banks of the Seine right bank in Paris "be less brutal for motorists."

"I wish ( the PS Mayor of Paris) Anne Hidalgo, (the LR President of Ile-de-France) Valérie Pécresse and the presidents of the departments that are around Paris intramural, perhaps, come to my ministry and that the we look together how we can make this decision less brutal for motorists, "said the minister of ecological transition on France Inter.

" We must give alternatives to motorists, "he said added, proposing "that there be, for example, car parks that allow motorists to leave, at reasonable rates, their car at the gates of Paris."

This pedestrianization, at the heart of a controversy between Paris and suburb, elected s of right and left, was canceled last month by the administrative court.

The PS mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo resumed since a closure order to the traffic on 3.3 km of the lane Georges-Pompidou, from the bottom quay of the entrance to the Tuileries Tunnel (1st arrondissement) at the end of the tunnel Henri-IV (IVe).

"I would simply like these two women, to whom I grant a true sincerity on their will to to treat the health / environment topic at one time or another, get around the same table and my ministry is favorable, "he added.

" Yes: restore dialogue is essential, "replied in a tweet Valérie Pécresse, who had called last week to the state "to put in coherence all the plans" of circulation of the capital and the surrounding communes.

 The president of the Regional Council of Ile- de-France Valérie Pécresse, at a conference in Paris, Jan. 30 1st 2018 (AFP / Archives - ERIC PIERMONT)

The President of the Ile-de-France Regional Council Valérie Pécresse, at a conference in Paris on 30 January 2018 (AFP / Archives – ERIC PIERMONT) [19659010] The president of Region sent Monday to Nicolas Hulot a letter in which it returns on the "compensatory measures", partly already unveiled, which it calls on the State and the City of Paris in order to "avoid the uncontrolled increase in traffic jams in and at the gates of Paris, on the access roads to the capital, the ring road and the A86. "

Among these measures, she evokes" a commitment by the State to increase funding of the State Regional Plan Contract intended for the increase of transport Paris / suburbs and suburbs / suburbs "

It confirms its idea of" reopening to traffic a lane only during the week ", which could be" limited to non pollutants and silent for a transitory period re ", and that to see the City of Paris divide" by two (the) tariffs of 1,500 seats at this stage unoccupied in 14 parking relay "near metros and RER.

It also refers to a dozen intelligent crossroads for managing traffic flows and "thinking about new bus lines arriving from the East".

Paths on riverbank: Anne Hidalgo wants to take a "permanent" decree

" Starting this week, with the support of the State that accompanies this process, I will take a decree, mobilizing the police powers of the mayor, to maintain the pedestrianization of this voi e", affirmed the socialist edict in an interview with the newspaper Liberation on March 4, 2018, specifying that it would be a decree " permanent ". " My belief is that the conquest of this space by pedestrians and soft traffic was useful and necessary, and inconveniences for motorists are now limited ," she added. . " In one year, carry-over traffic decreased by 28.8% on the upper left bank, 11.2% on the right bank and 5.4% on Saint-Germain Boulevard. Congestion is therefore very temporary ", argued the mayor of Paris .

A new legal basis

The Administrative Court of Paris had canceled February 21 pedestrianization riverbank lanes in the center of the capital, the mayor's flagship measure to fight against air pollution. In Libération, Ms. Hidalgo reiterated that she appealed this judicial decision, which is not suspensive, that is to say that does not suspend the decision pending the outcome of the appeal proceedings. The decree " takes into account the recommendations of the administrative court ," said the mayor, who said, however, that there is " a problem in the way environmental law is interpreted in our country ". So that the new decree will be based " on a new legal basis, another ground, relative to the defense of the patrimony and the tourist interest ".

The city council indicated to work with the Elysee and the prefect of police who are, according to her, " convinced that we should not reopen the banks to traffic ". She considered that the regional and Parisian right, at the origin of the judicial remedy, had " misguided " and judged her " irresponsible attitude " because it " does not assume "that the court's decision may lead to the reopening of an expressway. More than 10,000 people had signed a petition to claim the maintenance of these pedestrian lanes and call for demonstrations on March 10 to support this measure. Moreover, on the misfires of the new Vélib 'of Smovengo, who took over the group JCDecaux, Mrs. Hidalgo asserted that " no " they are not bound " to any incompetence of elected officials or the administration ". " We simply respected the law ," she pleaded. However, " the progress is too slow ", but she hoped " that by April we will have a service almost restored ".