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Green lung around Eiffel Tower

The Eiffel Tower could soon loom over an enormous new garden at the heart of the city under proposals from the mayor of Paris.

 

Anne Hidalgo has announced plans to transform the passage linking Trocadero Square to the Eiffel Tower into a pedestrianised "green corridor" by 2024.

The project, expected to cost around  €70m (£60m), follows Ms Hidalgo's pledge to crack down on pollution in the City of Lights and free its streets from gas-guzzling cars.

"Rethinking this site was the obvious thing to do and it's the right time," Ms Hidalgo told French media on Wednesday. 

"The Eiffel Tower is the symbol of Paris but also of France. We had to think about what this place would become in 5, 10 or 15 years.

"Paris has to keep the international leadership on the environmental issue. In a very dense city, you also need large breathing spaces."

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