When it comes to efforts to reduce pollution within city limits, Paris is already known for introducing a ban on cars older than 20 years in the city during weekdays, a measure which drew some criticism for effectively discriminating against those who can not afford newer cars.
The French capital Paris said earlier on Thursday it would ban such cars in the city by 2030.
Many Parisians don't own a auto, yet Hidalgo has angered many of them with her efforts to make Paris a greener city, notably by adding cycling paths along the Seine River, which has slowed vehicle traffic. A year later, however, the agency measuring air pollution said the move had no significant impact on residents' exposure to carbon emissions citywide. "So we are planning an exit from combustion engine vehicles, or fossil-energy vehicles, by 2030".
France had previously set an electric vehicle-only goal by 2040, but Paris officials said the new rule will push large cities to phase out fossil fuels even sooner.
However, the city has countered speculation of a ban on either petrol or diesel, stating: "No measure of prohibition or sanction is included in the new Plan Climat Énergie Territorial de Paris". "If we want to achieve this, it implies that the end of diesel and gasoline should take place several years in advance in urban areas, and particularly in big cities".
In recent months, French Ecology Minister Nicolas Hulot prohibits sale of all petrol and diesel-fueled vehicles across country by 2040, explaining that y plan to reach target of zero carbon emissions in 2050. The deadline for those cars is 2024, which is when the city will play host to the Olympic games. This leaves quite a financial burden for the country to consider, given that there are about 32 million registered vehicles on the road throughout the country.