Jack Newman reports for the Daily Mail:
Paris’s most famous street is set to undergo a £225million makeover to turn it into an ‘extraordinary garden’.
The Champs-Elysees, which is normally clogged with traffic, will instead become a 1.2-mile stretch of greenery with tunnels of trees, green spaces and pedestrian zones.
Under the plans, the number of cars on the street will be halved and the area around the Eiffel Tower will be turned into a ‘huge park’.
The Mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo said the transformation will not be complete until 2030, after the French capital hosts the Summer Olympics in 2024.
But part of the redesign will see the famous Place de la Concorde transformed ahead of the Games.
The Champs-Elysees committee has been pushing for a redesign of the iconic street and its surroundings since 2018.
Welcoming Hidalgo’s announcement, the committee said: ‘The legendary avenue has lost its splendour over the last 30 years.