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Former Transport Minister Clément Beaune feared that traffic would be “hardcore” during the Olympic Games, the first details disclosed by the Paris police headquarters seemed to prove him right. The latest news is hardly more encouraging.
Multiple exemptions planned
As a reminder, three perimeters were planned to be set up. There will ultimately be four, Paris police chief Laurent Nuñez toldAFP. The first, gray in color, will be that of the competition. In other words, these are the spaces in which these tests are held. To access these areas, you will need to have a ticket or show accreditation.
The novelty lies beyond the gray zone, it is an anti-terrorist perimeter, called “Silt”.
We return to familiar territory with the “blue” zone already mentioned in the past. Space in which “you cannot cross in a motorized vehicle” but in which “you can enter when you have something to do there”, according to the details provided by the police prefect.
Finally, there remains the last red zone in which circulation in vehicles will be even more restricted and on which we will concentrate.
Red alert for motorists?
Before tackling the red perimeter, let us first note that pedestrians and cyclists will be able to enter and exit at their convenience in the blue and red zones. That’s always the case.
But let’s come back to the annoying point, the red zone. To be completely precise, the decision has still not been made regarding its implementation. Since the announcements last November, Laurent Nuñez has studied the issue from all angles and listened to the recommendations of a large number of people. “Most of the discussions concern the red perimeter: can I enter by car to see my grandmother who has a pathology or return by taxi? On this basis we are in the process of updating our maps and our access conditions”.
Arbitrations will be made by the end of the month. For the moment, the question of the QR code – raised at the end of last year – has still not been resolved, and this could well be the solution chosen. In any case, his words leave little room for doubt: “we, clearly, on the side of the police, are pleading for QR codes”.
Several exemptions are being studied to be able to enter the red zone: home services (childcare, home help, etc.), meal deliveries for vulnerable people only, taxis and VTC upon presentation of a reservation. On the other hand, there is no need to order food on Uber Eats or Deliveroo. No question of ordering packages from Amazon either. Details coming soon.
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To sum up
Laurent Nuñez has just given some details on what awaits motorists this summer. The question of the QR code is still not resolved but the idea still appeals to him.
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