Paris is to cut around half of its 140,000 parking spaces as part of a program by Socialist Party mayor Anne Hidalgo to make the city more friendly to pedestrians and cyclists.
The figure of 70,000 was announced by David Belliard, deputy mayor in charge of transport, mobility and the transformation of public space.
Residents of the French capital will be consulted on how they want the new space to be used.
Belliard tweeted that it was a priority to “protect the most vulnerable people in public space, and in particular pedestrians”.
Hidalgo was reelected to a second term earlier this year at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic, and the plan is to reallocate parking spaces to other uses by the next election.
Supported by Greens like Belliard, Hidalgo has placed transport and pollution at the heart of its campaign through the concept of “city in 15 minutes”.
It is a city where people can satisfy all their needs – food, work, leisure, culture, etc. – less than 15 minutes on foot or by bike from their home.
Already, Paris has seen more road space devoted to bicycles and pedestrians.
During the election, Hidalgo said: “It’s out of the question to think that getting to the heart of the city by car is any solution.”
In her victory speech on election night, she told supporters, “You have chosen a Paris that can breathe.”