Paris Mayor takes SeaBubble taxi to work

Anne Hidalgo shows her support for eco-friendly river taxi with morning commute broadcast on social media

25 May 2018
By Connexion journalist

Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo took the river route to work on Friday, heading to the capital's Hotel de Ville by SeaBubble taxi.

Ms Hidalgo has long supported bringing the electric-powered SeaBubbles water taxis to Paris. As reported this week, she persuaded local river authorities to allow further testing of the vehicles, which had fallen foul of regulatory red tape during an earlier phase of testing last year, in part due to speed limits on the Seine in Paris.

Her river ride to the office, on one of the models brought to the capital for the three-day Salon Vivatech, which runs until Saturday, was a very public declaration of support for the vehicles, which produce no noise, create very small wakes and no carbon emissions - and can carry up to five people, including the pilot.

The eco-friendly journey coincided with the first day of a 10-day public consultation on a climate plan for the city.

Stay informed:
Sign up to our free weekly e-newsletter
Subscribe to access all our online articles and receive our printed monthly newspaper The Connexion at your home. News analysis, features and practical help for English-speakers in France

Get news, views and information from France