Paris 2024 Olympic Games: Paris City Hall takes action and initiates a summary judgment against flying taxis

Paris 2024 Olympic Games: Paris City Hall takes action and initiates a summary judgment against flying taxis
Paris 2024 Olympic Games: Paris City Hall takes action and initiates a summary judgment against flying taxis

Paris City Hall will file an interim relief appeal against the experimentation of flying taxis during the Olympic and Paralympic Games, authorized on Tuesday by the government, the deputy for ecological transition said on Wednesday.

This appeal aims to “ask the judges to urgently suspend this decision”, said Dan Lert during the Paris Council, during which the left-wing majority adopted a text from the communist group demanding “the dismantling of the vertiport in the 13th arrondissement and the definitive abandonment of the flying taxi project”.

On Tuesday, Mayor Anne Hidalgo’s office told AFP that it was studying the possibility of such an appeal. “The government is stubbornly refusing to listen to the opinions of Parisian elected officials,” lamented Mr. Lert, recalling that the city council had spoken out against the project in November 2023, and again last May.

“The flying taxi project was an ecological aberration for the ultra-rich, today it is a democratic scandal: the resigning government has chosen to force it through,” this green elected official continued. Mr. Lert castigated a “mode of transport that is 30 times more energy-intensive than a trip by metro and 45 times more emitting in greenhouse gases,” according to him.

Communist Jean-Noël Aqua denounced a “sound aberration” in a “dense zone” in the heart of the Paris metropolitan area.

In a decree published Tuesday in the Official Journal, the Ministry of Transport authorized the creation of a “heliport” or platform allowing the take-off and landing of these flying taxis located on the Seine at Austerlitz, southeast of the capital, and its “opening to public air traffic.”

The government’s green light had been expected for several months in this controversial issue. The ADP Group (Aéroports de Paris) has joined forces in this project with the Ile-de-France region, chaired by LR elected official Valérie Pécresse, and the German company Volocopter, which manufactures the “Volocity”, supposed to embody the greening ambitions of the polluting aeronautics industry.

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