The Eiffel Tower's unquestionably France's most recognizable landmark, but that point's moot if you’re in the City of Light right now, thanks to an ongoing smog debacle. To counteract the pollution problem, Paris is banning 50% of its cars from driving -- but it's also making public transportation free in the process.
Paris' mayor’s office announced a ban on cars with license plates ending in even numbers, effective today from 5:30am through midnight. During that time, only vehicles with plates ending in odd numbers can drive around the city center and its 22 suburbs. Emergency vehicles, hybrid and electric cars, and taxis are exempt from the partial ban, but cops are stopping 50 percent of cars in the crackdown. To make up for the inconvenience, public transit, bike-sharing, and car-sharing schemes have been made free while the ban's in effect.