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Paris to Close Champs Elysees to Cars One Sunday a Month

FILE - People walk on the Champs Elysees during the "day without cars," in Paris, Sept. 27, 2015.

Paris' Champs Elysees avenue will be closed to cars one Sunday a month to let pedestrians reign supreme, the mayor of the French capital announced Wednesday.

Mayor Anne Hidalgo said her plans for the elegant boulevard, a focal point of the city often used for national ceremonies, was one of a series of environmentally friendly measures planned for 2016.

Other plans include permanent pedestrian-only use, starting in summer, for a stretch of high-traffic road bordering the Seine's right bank.

Thousands of Parisians strolled down the nearly 2-kilometer (1.2-mile) Champs Elysees on the last Sunday of September when it was closed to cars as part of a Europe-wide day-without-cars event.

Hidalgo said that all of Paris would be closed to cars when the event is held again this year.

Lined with museums, theaters and luxury shops, the 10-lane Champs Elysees is a major tourist draw in one of the world's most visited cities.

It is also a major east-west thoroughfare for one of the swankiest neighborhoods, running from the Place de la Concorde to the Arc de Triomphe.