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As recently as June 30, following rain the previous day, E. Coli levels increased to around 2000 CFU/100mL at Alexandra III Bridge. But E. Coli levels near Alexandra III Bridge still climbed to around 10000 CFU/100mL on the second day of rain. Longer term trends show there has been a “significant improvement” in water quality, according to Dan Angelescu, the company’s CEO. That’s more than three times higher than the level needed for “good” water quality, according to CNN’s calculation. In comparison, between June 24 and July 5, average E. Coli levels dropped to around 880 MPN/100mL, according to Fluidion.
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CNN —The mayor of Paris told French radio on Wednesday that she would swim in the city’s River Seine next week, in a bid to show its suitability for the Olympics despite ongoing cleanliness concerns. However, despite a 1.4 billion Euro (1.5 billion USD) clean-up plan, concerns remain over the river’s suitability for swimming events. Mayor Hidalgo – one of the main faces behind the organization of the Paris Olympics – had previously said she would swim in the Seine but postponed the dip following the dissolution of the National Assembly by French President Emmanuel Macron. Macron, who also said he would swim in the Seine, has yet to announce a date. The Opening Ceremony of the Paris Olympics is set to take place on the Seine on July 26 if currents are not too strong.
Persons: Mayor Anne Hidalgo, that’s, Mayor Hidalgo –, Paris Olympics –, Emmanuel Macron, Macron, Marc Guillaume Organizations: CNN, Paris, Mayor, France Inter, Paris Olympics, National Assembly Locations: Seine, Paris
There are 28 days until the Summer Olympics opening ceremony, and tests from the historic Seine River show the water is still at dangerous contamination levels for E. coli, which is often linked to fecal bacteria. AdvertisementAlong with the triathlon events, marathon swimmers are scheduled to dive into the river for their events. The three triathlon events will span from July 30 to Aug. 5, while the marathon swimming races will be on Aug. 8 and 9. The latest findings marked the third consecutive week that samples from the river had unsafe levels of bacteria related to fecal matter. Both have said they plan on swimming in the river themselves to prove its cleanliness.
Persons: Paris, Tony Estanguet, Emmanuel Macron, Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo, Miguel Medina Organizations: Eau de, World Triathlon, CBS, Games, Paris Mayor, Getty Locations: Eau de Paris, Paris, AFP
Paris CNN —When Paris last hosted the Summer Olympics 100 years ago, organizers were so keen to bring athletes under the same roof that they built the first-ever Olympic Village. Athletes sitting in front of a cabin in the Olympic Village at the 1924 Summer Olympics in Paris, France. The site for the Olympic Village was chosen in the hopes it would revitalize some of the city’s historically impoverished northern suburbs. A stool made from recyclable cardboard on display in the athletes' accommodation in the Olympic Village in Saint Denis, France. Nathan Laine/Bloomberg/Getty ImagesA cardboard bed inside an athletes' room at the Olympic Village in Saint Denis, France.
Persons: , Georgina Grenon, Denis, Saint, , Nathan Laine, Grenon, Joshua Berlinger, ” Grenon, Jerome Giacomoni, Giacomoni, ” Sebastian Coe, Laurent Michaud, Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo, , ” Hidalgo, Vandoorne, Derek Van Dam Organizations: Paris CNN —, Paris, Topical, Hulton, Olympic, Organizers, Games, BBC, Bloomberg, Getty, CNN, World, Paralympic, International Energy Agency, Reuters, Paris Mayor Locations: City, Paris, France, Saint, Ile, London, Seine, Tokyo, Saint Denis, Europe
Fluidion’s testing has found that, on average, E. Coli levels in the Siene between early April and late May were just under 3400 MPN/100mL. The highest E. Coli levels recorded by Fluidion were 23590 MPN/100mL on May 2 and 13090 MPN/100mL on May 30, according to Angelescu. But if poor water quality persisted, the triathlon would have to be downgraded to a duathlon with no swimming, the organization confirmed. Angelescu said that “significant infrastructure projects” by the city of Paris designed to improve water quality will have a “substantial” impact. Triathlon athletes swim in the Seine river during the men's 2023 World Triathlon Olympic Games test event in Paris on August 18, 2023.
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“I tried holding the tray, it’s pretty heavy!” Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo told journalists shortly before the race started. Waiters start the Course des Cafes race on March 24, 2024. The “Course des Garçons de Café” (cafe waiters race) was first launched in 1914 to highlight the cafés and restaurants of the French capital, according to French historian Laurent Bihl. Throughout the years, it found popularity not only in Paris but across France in cities such as Nice, Belfort and Calais. Back on the streets of Paris, the quickest entrants completed Sunday’s Course des Cafés race – the name of the revived version has been shortened, dropping the ‘garçons’ – in less than 14 minutes.
Persons: Paris, , Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo, Dimitar Dilkoff, ’ It’s, , Ariel Weil, Pierre Rabadan, Nicolas Bonnet Oulaldj, Café, Laurent Bihl, Pauline Van Wymeersch, Samy Lamrous Organizations: Paris CNN, Paris Mayor, France, Getty, Paralympic Games, Petit Pont, La Contrescarpe Locations: Paris, AFP, France, Nice, Belfort, Calais, Hong Kong, Yokohama, La
KYIV (Reuters) - Russia will be asked to observe a ceasefire in Ukraine during the Paris Olympics, French President Emmanuel Macron said in an interview from Paris shown on Ukrainian television and posted by a Ukrainian journalist on her YouTube channel on Saturday. "The demand for a ceasefire during the Olympics. "It will be requested," Macron says in French before a voiceover interpretation gives his response in Ukrainian as "Yes, we will ask for it." "The rule of the host country is to move in step with the Olympic movement," the interpreter quoted Macron as saying. (Reporting by Oleksandr Kozhukhar in Kyiv and Elaine Monaghan in Washington; Writing by Elaine Monaghan; Editing by David Gregorio)
Persons: Emmanuel Macron, Macron, Russia's, Anne Hidalgo, Oleksandr Kozhukhar, Elaine Monaghan, David Gregorio Organizations: Paris Olympics, YouTube, Olympic, Russian Olympic Committee, Olympics, IOC, Paris, Reuters Locations: Russia, Ukraine, Paris, Ukrainian, Belarus, Kyiv, Washington
CNN —Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo said on Wednesday that she is against Russian athletes participating in the Paris 2024 Olympic Games and attending the Opening Ceremony scheduled for July 26. The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) said earlier this month that Russian and Belarusian Paralympic athletes will not take part in their Opening Ceremony on August 28. Loic Venance/AFP/Getty ImagesAccording to Russian state news agency TASS, Russian sports minister Oleg Matytsin told reporters on Wednesday that Russia should not boycott the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris. “Now, the question of competing at the Olympic Games is on everyone’s lips, my position is this: we should not turn away, close ourselves or boycott this movement,” Matytsin said. The Paralympic Games begin on August 28 and end on September 8.
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At a referendum in Paris last month, almost 55% voted in favor of a specific parking rate for sports utility vehicles (SUVs) for non-residents. The higher charges will apply to SUVs weighing more than 1.6 metric tons that are hybrid or have a combustion engine, as well as electric SUVs weighing over 2 metric tons. According to Jens Müller, deputy director and head of policy and research at the Clean Cities campaign group, "what happens in Paris usually doesn't stay in Paris." Its plans to introduce higher parking charges for heavier vehicles which is due to come into force next June. It's a nod to the fact that pollution isn't the only potential issue with SUVs, with space and safety also of concern.
Persons: it's, Jens Müller, Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo, Edmund King, Belit Onay Organizations: Anadolu, Getty, Clean Cities, CNBC, Paris Mayor, International Energy Agency, Times, Lyon, Grenoble, Transport, Environment, Vias Institute Locations: Paris, France, Europe, Bordeaux, Germany, Tübingen, Hanover, 200cm, Belgium
The fact is that gas cars aren’t being weaponized on most of the continent the way they are in America. I’m all in favor of the commendable end to gas cars that Europe has now embraced – a decade or more hence. Of course, that’s only one corner of what’s happened to Paris traffic under the Hidalgo regime. The same toxic, planet-warming emissions are being generated, especially with all that idling in place in endless traffic jams. Perhaps a couple of decades from now when all those gas guzzling cars will be gone entirely?
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Paris CNN —Parisians voted in favor of tripling the parking costs for SUVs on Sunday, following a proposal by the Paris mayor’s office, as the city aims to cut air pollution and tackle the climate crisis. Citizens were asked to decide whether there should be a specific parking rate for “heavy” and “polluting” vehicles. The results of the Paris vote are expected to be verified on Monday by the electoral commission. Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo thanked those who cast their vote on Sunday, stressing that it was a question about ecology, road safety and public health. Some car associations have come out strongly against the SUV proposal, however, including the group 40 Millions d’Automobilistes (40 Million Motorists).
Persons: Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo, Hidalgo Organizations: Paris CNN, Paris, Citizens, , International Energy Agency, Paris Mayor Locations: Paris, US, India, Europe
Only 5.7% of the 1.3 million eligible voters cast ballots at the 39 voting stations around the city, the newspaper Le Monde said. Demur said heavier cars make congestion “even more complicated” and that ”one must consider the ecology, the parking issues." It’s about freedom.”The vote follows another City Hall consultation last year on whether to ban for-hire electric scooters. In a country of car-lovers, home to Renault, Citroen and Peugeot, Hidalgo has worked for years to make Paris less car-friendly. It’s become a central Paris haven for cyclists, runners, families and romantics since Hidalgo closed it to motor traffic in 2016.
Persons: Anne Hidalgo, Le, Hidalgo, , Demur, Hall's, Leicester Organizations: PARIS, Socialist, Le Monde, Renault, Citroen, Peugeot, Paralympic Games Locations: Paris ’, Paris, It’s, Hidalgo, Le Pecq, France
Tesla and SpaceX's CEO Elon Musk reacts during an in-conversation event with British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak in London, Britain, Thursday, Nov. 2, 2023. Speaking at the 2023 DealBook Summit in New York on Wednesday, Elon Musk, the owner of social media site X (formerly Twitter), scoffed at advertisers leaving the platform because of antisemitic posts he amplified there. "The whole world will know that those advertisers killed the company and we will document it in great detail," Musk threatened. Musk told Sorkin on stage that his visit to Israel was planned before his tweets, and were not part of an "apology tour." Previously, Musk had said he wanted to bring SpaceX satellite communications service, Starlink, to the region and specifically to humanitarian organizations in Gaza.
Persons: Tesla, Elon Musk, Rishi Sunak, somebody's, Musk, Bob Iger, Bob, Andrew Ross Sorkin, Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo, Benjamin Netanyahu, Netanyahu, Sorkin Organizations: British, Disney, Apple, Paris Mayor, SpaceX Locations: London, Britain, New York, Israel, Gaza
Tourists are set to pay almost twice the usual price of Paris Metro tickets during the 2024 Olympics and Paralympics that will take place in the French capital from July to September next year. "We will create a new [transport] pass, the Paris 2024 Pass, that will allow visitors to move across the entire Île-de-France. Videos that appeared to show bedbugs on the Paris metro, the city's Charles de Gaulle airport and trains in the country have spread on social media, sparking concerns in early autumn. Disclosure: CNBC parent NBCUniversal owns NBC Sports and NBC Olympics. NBC Olympics is the U.S. broadcast rights holder to all Summer and Winter Games through 2032.
Persons: Valerie Pecresse, Pecresse, Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo, Charles de Gaulle Organizations: Paris Metro, CNBC, Olympics, Paris Mayor, NBCUniversal, NBC Sports, NBC Olympics, NBC, Games Locations: France, Paris, U.S
Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo says she's leaving X after 14 years on the platform. AdvertisementParis Mayor Anne Hidalgo says she's leaving X after more than 14 years on the platform, formerly known as Twitter. "This platform and its owner intentionally exacerbates tensions and conflicts," she wrote in French, adding that the platform has "become a gigantic global sewer." "To remain true to my convictions and my commitment, I am leaving Twitter today," Hidalgo wrote on Monday. AdvertisementAn early proponent of Twitter, Hidalgo joined the platform in 2009 when she was the deputy mayor of Paris.
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Paris' Mayor Anne Hidalgo attends the 105th session of the Congress of Mayors organised by the "France's Mayors' Association" (AMF), in Paris, France, November 21, 2023. REUTERS/Sarah Meyssonnier/File Photo Acquire Licensing RightsPARIS, Nov 27 (Reuters) - Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo on Monday announced she was quitting the X platform formerly known as Twitter, calling it a "gigantic global sewer" that was "destroying our democracies" by spreading abuse and misinformation. After buying Twitter in 2022, Elon Musk laid off thousands of employees, including many who moderated content on the platform. "This medium has become a gigantic global sewer, and we should continue to wade into it?" X users and opposition politicians took to the #TahitiGate hashtag to lambast her over the partially taxpayer-funded trip.
Persons: Mayor Anne Hidalgo, Sarah Meyssonnier, Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo, Elon Musk, Hidalgo, Michel Rose, Bernadette Baum Organizations: Mayor, Mayors, Association, REUTERS, Rights, Paris Mayor, Monday, Twitter, White, Socialist, Thomson Locations: Paris, France, Tahiti
PARIS (AP) — The mayor of future Olympic host city Paris says she is quitting X, accusing Elon Musk 's platform previously known as Twitter of spreading disinformation and hatred and of becoming a “gigantic global sewer” that is toxic for democracy and constructive debate. Political Cartoons View All 1265 ImagesHer office said that Paris City Hall is keeping its own separate account on X.Hidalgo's withdrawal from X follows a fractious period for the mayor. Hidalgo said some transport options won't be ready for the July 26-Aug. 11 Olympics. Hidalgo's office said her decision to leave X was not in response to the recent criticism but was thought-out over time. “This medium has become a gigantic global sewer, and we should continue to wade into it?”___Follow AP's coverage of the Paris Olympics:
Persons: Elon Musk, Anne Hidalgo, , X, Hidalgo, Clement Beaune, Musk, ” Hidalgo Organizations: PARIS, Olympic, Twitter, Associated, Socialist, Paris City Hall, Transport, Paris Locations: Paris, Pacific, New Caledonia, Tahiti, paris
Transport won't be ready, Paris mayor says ahead of 2024 Games
  + stars: | 2023-11-23 | by ( )   time to read: +2 min
Paris' Mayor Anne Hidalgo attends the 105th session of the Congress of Mayors organised by the "France's Mayors' Association" (AMF), in Paris, France, November 21, 2023. REUTERS/Sarah Meyssonnier/File Photo Acquire Licensing RightsPARIS, Nov 23 (Reuters) - Paris will not be ready for the Olympics and Paralympics in terms of transport and sheltering the homeless, city mayor Anne Hidalgo has said. "There will be places where (public) transport will not be ready because there will not be enough trains and not frequently enough," Hidalgo told news show Quotidien in thinly veiled criticism of Paris region president Valerie Pecresse. The Ile de France (Paris region) Regional Council, led by right-winger Pecresse, is in charge of transports in the region. Socialist Hidalgo said the RER (regional express train) station at Porte Maillot in western Paris would not be ready for the July 26-Aug 11 Games.
Persons: Mayor Anne Hidalgo, Sarah Meyssonnier, Anne Hidalgo, Hidalgo, Valerie Pecresse, Pecresse, I'm, Julien Pretot, Ken Ferris Organizations: Mayor, Mayors, Association, REUTERS, Rights, Olympics, Regional Council, Thomson Locations: Paris, France, Porte
A SUV car drives on a street in Paris as Paris City Hall will organise a public vote on the place of SUV cars in the French capital, France, November 20, 2023. After banning rental scooters in September in the wake of a citizen's vote, Paris will hold a local referendum on Feb. 4 about "the place of SUVs in the capital". Since SUVs can be hard to distinguish from other models, City Hall wants to introduce higher parking fees for thermal engine cars weighing over 1.6 tonnes and for electric vehicles over two tonnes. "(The SUV vote) is to tell all those who continue to use their private cars because they're the richest: No! In a few years, in a few months, they won't be welcome in Paris with this type of behaviour," Belliard said.
Persons: Sarah Meyssonnier, David Belliard, Anne Hidalgo, Belliard, Paris, Philippe Noziere, Henri Duret, Antonia Cimini, Clotaire Achi, Louise Dalmasso, Geert De Clercq, Mark Heinrich Our Organizations: Paris City Hall, REUTERS, Hall, Reuters, Manufacturers, Thomson Locations: Paris, France, PARIS
Urban rivers, lakes, and parks can also be the key to making cities more resilient to climate change. The 1,200 tons of sand near Greenwich Village along the Hudson river would have to do. But there's no public pool nearby, and no sanctioned river swim spots in the city. The sandy bluff on Gansevoort peninsula is part of the much larger Hudson River park and looks out over Little Island, a whimsical, highly instagrammable transformation of Pier 55. Seattle has torn down an elevated freeway downtown to make way for a waterfront park.
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Opinion: Paris’ bedbug bedlam
  + stars: | 2023-10-04 | by ( David A. Andelman | )   time to read: +7 min
He formerly was a foreign correspondent for The New York Times and Paris correspondent for CBS News. But conquering the city’s bedbug infestation, too, could prove to be an Olympian challenge. The deputy mayor of Paris has also asked Prime Minister Élisabeth Borne to take it on. A French government survey found that at least 11% of all French households reported having a bedbug infestation between 2017 and 2022. The tried-and-true solution to combating bedbugs is as old as Paris itself.
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Yet global emissions have continued to climb since 2015 when countries agreed to curb warming. Yet global emissions have kept growing since 2015, when nearly 200 countries struck the Paris Agreement aimed at averting the most catastrophic effects of a warming planet. There's also more willingness to name the main driver of climate change: fossil fuels. President Joe Biden didn't attend the Climate Ambition Summit and instead sent the nation's climate envoy, John Kerry. Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall, Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante, and Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo have headlined events.
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PARIS (AP) — Paris has rescinded a special honor it bestowed on Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas because of his recent antisemitic comments minimizing the Holocaust. No cause can justify revisionism and negationism.”Hidalgo awarded Abbas the city’s highest honor, the Grand Bronze of Paris, in 2015 for his efforts toward peace in the Middle East and a two-state solution. In a speech last month to senior members of his Fatah movement, Abbas said that Adolf Hitler killed European Jews not because of antisemitism, but because of their “social functions” in society, such as money lending. In the Holocaust, 6 million Jews and others were murdered by the Nazis and their allies. Hitler considered Jews to be an inferior race and viciously promoted antisemitic stereotypes to incite violence and discrimination against Europe’s Jews as the Third Reich carried out the genocide.
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Can There Be Too Many Cafes in Paris?
  + stars: | 2023-08-21 | by ( Liz Alderman | More About Liz Alderman | )   time to read: +1 min
The sound of clinking wine glasses floated through the evening air recently as throngs of patrons sipped chilled rosé and nibbled on cheese plates in front of the cafes, restaurants and épiceries bordering Place d’Aligre in the Bastille district of Paris. Waiters threaded through the crowd, their trays loaded with Aperol spritzes and oysters, as more people hurried in to meet friends. Paris has long been renowned for its bustling cafe culture, with 13,000 open-air terraces occupying sidewalks and squares in the years before the pandemic. But thousands of additional outdoor spaces bloomed under an emergency program set up to relieve businesses during Covid lockdowns. They are now permanent, after a 2021 decree by Mayor Anne Hidalgo that allows them to return every year from April through November.
Persons: lockdowns, Anne Hidalgo Locations: Bastille, Paris
CNN —Paris plans to make the Seine the centerpiece of the 2024 Olympic Games, with long-term efforts to clean up the river allowing swimming events to take place in its waters. “At the Paris 2024 Games, the athletes will inaugurate swimming in the river with the Olympic events. A revival that will pave the way for aquatic leisure,” reads a statement from Paris city hall published July 10. An empty boat travels the River Seine during the technical test event last week for the Paris 2024 opening ceremony. This will allow open water swimming events, paratriathlon and triathlon events to take place by the Alexandre III bridge.
Persons: CNN —, Catherine Steenkeste, Nicolas Londinsky, Alexandre III, Bras de, Londinsky, , Anne Hidalgo, ” Hidalgo Organizations: CNN, Olympic Games, , Authorities, Bercy Locations: Seine, Paris, Bras Marie, Bras de Grenelle,
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