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Paris takes drastic measures to fight toxic smog

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PARIS — Paris imposed drastic measures Monday to combat its worst air pollution in years, banning around half of the city’s cars and trucks from its streets in an attempt to reduce the toxic smog that’s shrouded the City of Light for more than a week.

Cars with even-numbered license plates were prohibited from driving in Paris and its suburbs, following a government decision over the weekend. Around 700 police manned 179 control points around the region, handing out tickets to offenders. Taxis and commercial vehicles weren’t included in the ban.

Police ticketed at least 4,000 people by midday Tuesday, and 27 drivers had their cars impounded for refusing to cooperate with officers.

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