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Brussels and Paris call for Europe-wide Car-Free Day
The mayors of Brussels and Paris have called on other cities to follow their lead and implement a Europe-wide Car-Free Day.
Motor vehicles were banned in both capital cities on Sunday. In a joint statement, Philippe Close and Anne Hidalgo said: "We propose to set up a European Car-Free Day so that a thousand car-free days will flourish across Europe."
The two mayors pointed to European Heritage Days as an example of how cities all over the continent can unite around a common cause.
"Faced with the emergency of climate change and the health impact of pollution, cities need fresh new perspectives. A day without cars is a good example," they added.