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Nearly all streets in the French capital will have a speed limit of 30 kph (18.6mph) by the end of summer, authorities have announced. Local drivers have already called the move “a disgrace.” The new speed limit will be imposed on almost every street in the city, including areas not close to Paris’ historical center. “The point is to reduce the space taken by cars, which involves lowering their speeds,” its Deputy Mayor David Belliard, who represents the Green Party and is in charge of Parisian transport, told AFP. Starting from September, a 70kph (43mph) limit will remain only on the main ring road surrounding Paris, and just few major roads in the center, including the Champs-Elysees. Many Parisian suburbs have also changed their traffic rules to match the city limit.

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