Paris has imposed a partial driving ban and made public transport free in an attempt to cut noxious smog, after pollution levels briefly surpassed that of Shanghai last week.
The photo above shows the Eiffel Tower nearly hidden in the polluted air of Paris.
Authorities announced that all cars with plates ending in even numbers must stay off the roads on Monday, after days of political wrangling over how to tackle the high amount of harmful particles shrouding Paris.
So much for that lifelong dream of a Paris vacation.
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