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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Smog Suffuses City of Light

PARIS -- Killer smog is claiming 350 lives a year in the Paris region alone, says a new health report on an old problem in the French capital: air pollution.

Air poisoned by car and bus exhaust is killing the very young, the very old and those with respiratory or cardiovascular illnesses, said the report by the French Society of Public Health.

Several times last summer, officials put the City of Light on second-stage pollution alerts. Mayor Jean Tiberi even took the step of asking people not to drive except in emergencies.

The Environment Ministry has called for higher diesel prices, tolls to enter the city and expanded pedestrian zones.

Last month, Tiberi agreed to demands for car-free routes to bike to work. Two routes crossing the city should be in place before the end of the year.

Two routes crossing the city, north to south and east to west, should be .

"If nothing is done today, in 10 years it will be too late,'' warned Dr. William Dab of France's National Network of Public Health.