AS REPORTED, earlier this month, Paris extended its smoking ban to 52 parks in the city, with those who light-up risking a €38 fine.
The parks where smoking is now banned are:
- 2e arrondissement: Square Louvois and square Bidault
- 3e arrondissement: Square du Temple-Elie Wiesel, square Leonor Fini, square Émile Chautemps, jardin Léopold Achille, jardin Anne Frank, jardin Madeleine de Scudéry
- 4e arrondissement: Les squares Langlois, Schweitzer and Galli, Clos des Blancs-Manteaux
- 5e arrondissement: Square St-Médard
- 6e arrondissement: Square Gabriel Pierné
- 8e arrondissement: Jardin Marcel Pagnol
- 9e arrondissement: All of the squares - Montholon, d’Estienne d’Orves, Berlioz, Alex Biscarre and d’Anvers
- 10e arrondissement: Squares Juliette Dodu and Yilmaz Güney
- 11e arrondissement: Squares Gardette and Folie-Titon
- 12e arrondissement: Jardin Trousseau, squares de la Croix-Rouge and Jean Morin.
- 13e arrondissement: Square Henri Cadiou, jardin de la Poterne des peupliers, jardin aux Mères, square Michelet, square Héloïse and Abélard
- 14e arrondissement: Square Wyszynski and square Lemire, next to the street without cigarette stubs project in the rue Pernety
- 15e arrondissement: Square Dupleix, Pablo Casals, Chérioux, Pierre-Adrien Dalpayrat, Cambronne, Violet, Alleray Quintinie, du Clos Feuquière and des Cévennes, parc Georges Brassens
- 16e arrondissement: Square Lamartine
- 17e arrondissement: Square des Batignolles
- 18e arrondissement: Jardin Françoise-Helene Jourda, rue du Département and square Léon-Serpolet (Cloÿs)
- 19e arrondissement: Square de la Place-de-Bitche (6-8 place de Bitche), which is added to a project of having a street without cigarette stubs in rue de Crimée, between l’avenue de Flandre and l’avenue Jean Jaurès.
- 20e arrondissement: Square du Docteur-Grancher, jardin Léon Zygel, square Sarah Bernhardt
Other parks in the city, including the well-known jardin des Tuileries, jardin du Palais Royal, jardin des Plantes and the Jardin d’acclimatation are not affected as they are not administered by the city.
A spokeswoman for the Louvre museum, which runs the jardin des Tuileries told Connexion that the park’s rules and regulations did not forbid smoking and changing them was not planned on any upcoming meetings of the museum’s managing board.
The city has had a ban on smoking near children’s play areas in its parks since 2015, which it says has been a success, without being able to give any figures for the number of fines issued.
“You hardly see any people smoking near the play areas now, where as before it was common,” a spokeswoman said.
It extended the ban to six entire parks in 2018 as a test and has now extended the ban to 52 of the estimated 400 parks in the capital.
For the first couple of weeks after the ban comes into force, park keepers and municipal police will “warn and educate” people who break the ban, the city said in a statement. After that they will be fined.
The no-smoking parks have special ashtrays at their gates showing the cigarette stubs in them in different compartments, linked to an opinion-poll.
They also have notices explaining the ban and explaining why smoking is bad for the health of smokers and others.
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