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There is a new 10-ha park along the River Seine in Paris

PUBLISHED: 14:31 06 April 2017 | UPDATED: 14:31 06 April 2017

The Paris Plages event takes place on the right bank every summer © Paris Tourist Office Amelie Dupont

The Paris Plages event takes place on the right bank every summer © Paris Tourist Office Amelie Dupont

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The stretch of bank on the right side of the Seine in Paris has been transformed from a loud and busy road to a peaceful pedestrianised area called the Parc Rives de Seine

Until October 2016 the right bank of the Seine in Paris was a busy road but now, thanks to the efforts of the mayor Anne Hidalgo, it has been transformed into a pedestrianised area that, along with the left bank which was closed to vehicles four years ago, makes up the Parc Rives de Seine. The stretch of bank is closed to cars every summer for the Paris Plages event but now pedestrians can now wander along the river from the Place de la Bastille all the way to the Eiffel Tower.

The Parc Rives de Seine was opened by the mayor on Sunday 2 April and Parisians flocked to the river to enjoy the spring sunshine.

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The mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo has taken a stand against the increasing levels of pollution in Paris. At several times last year, the pollution in the city exceeded the safe breathing limit. Efforts have been made previously to combat this, such as temporarily making public transport free, in an attempt to lower the amount of motor vehicles on the road. Closing the right bank of the Seine to vehicles is just one of her initiatives and she opened the new Parc Rives de Seine on Sunday.

The right bank of the Seine has been transformed into a pedestrian zone where Parisians and tourists can sit and relax, whilst looking out on the glistening water.

Pedestrians can now walk along the river from the Places de la Bastille all the way to the Eiffel Tower.

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The area has been transformed and is now a great location for children to play and adults to lounge.

A number of bars and restaurants have opened on the bank.

The right bank of the river is now a prime location to spend an afternoon relaxing in the sun

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Plenty of people came to the inauguration of the park to enjoy the novelty of walking along the river

Visitors can learn about the history of this stretch of the river in an exhibition along the Rives de Seine

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