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Paris mayor says transport ‘will not be ready’ for Olympics

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The transport system in Paris will not be ready in time for the 2024 Olympic Games in the French capital, its mayor said Thursday, November 23, sparking anger from political opponents. With less than a year before the event kicks off, the transport infrastructure in Paris is already under huge pressure, with commuters and tourists alike complaining of poor frequency, overcrowding and uncleanliness.

Speaking on the Quotidien talk show on TMC TV, Anne Hidalgo said that while the Games infrastructure will be ready “there are two things for which we will not be ready” namely transport and also the problem of homelessness. On transport, “we still have problems in daily transport issues and we are still not reaching the comfort and punctuality needed for Parisians.” “There are places where the transport will not be ready and there will not be enough trains.”

Transport Minister Clément Beaune, a close ally of centrist President Emmanuel Macron, accused Hidalgo of not being present at committee meetings aimed at discussing transport infrastructure. “Mrs Hidalgo is not there, does not participate in work meetings but has an opinion for others. What respect she has for our public officials and for Parisians!,” he wrote on social media platform X.

“We will be ready,” wrote Valerie Pecresse, the head of the Ile-de-France region that includes Paris, thanking transport staff for their efforts. “It is an immense collective work which should not be tarnished by an absent mayor,” she added.

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