The incentive, which other cities in Northern France have also adopted, comes after an alarming spike in pollution that temporarily made the air in Paris the filthiest in the world (yep, even worse than Beijing!), according to AFP. Though, worryingly, this isn’t the first time Paris has struggled with pollution levels; just last year, a similar ban was imposed to curb carbon emissions.
In any case, right now plenty of Frenchmen (and women) with odd numbered license plates are thanking their baguettes for the one day of the year they won’t be caught in a traffic jam.
As for folks with even-numbered plates... welp, at least there are bars near le Metro.
Chloe Pantazi is an editorial assistant on Thrillist's travel team. Yes, that's a British accent. No, she doesn't watch Doctor Who. Follow her on Twitter at @ChloePantazi.