Three of Paris' most chic restaurants have been shut down after police were called in to investigate claims of drug trafficking.

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Cocaine on the menu at top restaurants

Three of Paris' most chic restaurants have been shut down after police were called in to investigate claims of drug trafficking.

Le Parisien newspaper reported on Monday that the three central Paris restaurants have all been shuttered for between 45 days and four months while the investigation is carried out.

The newspaper named the three as Le Baci, in the fashionable Marais district, La Bocca in the rue de Montmartre and l’Escargot in the rue Montorgueil.

Investigators from the Paris drugs squad are believed to have found residues of cocaine in the restaurants concerned.

They were alerted to the alleged trafficking after arresting two dealers.

“These two suspects, aged 29 and 31, were found in possession of 60 grammes of cocaine as well as €2,500 ($3,220) and an automatic weapon,” said a source close to the inquiry, quoted by the newspaper.

“Around 100 customers were being supplied by these two dealers and some of their accomplices. They were active every evening from 6pm until early morning in restaurants and bars in central Paris.”

One of the restaurants concerned, Le Baci, is run by Thierry Costes, part of the famous empire which owns several fashionable restaurants in Paris.

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Revealed: The fastest way to get across Paris

Car, moped, public transport, or electric bicycle - which means of transport is the quickest way to get across Paris?

Revealed: The fastest way to get across Paris

One intrepid reporter for French daily Le Parisien decided to find out. 

The challenge was simple. Which mode of transport would get the journalist from the heart of Fontenay-sous-Bois in the eastern suburbs to the newspaper’s office on Boulevard de Grenelle, west Paris, fastest?

Over four separate journeys, each one in the middle of rush hour, the electric bicycle was quickest and easiest. More expensive than conventional bikes, electric bikes do come with a government subsidy.

The journey was described as ‘pleasant and touristy’ on a dry but chilly morning going via dedicated cycle lanes that meant the dogged journalist avoided having to weave in and out of traffic.

It took, in total, 47 minutes from start to finish at an average speed of 19km/h, on a trip described as “comfortable” but with a caveat for bad weather. The cost was a few centimes for charging up the bike.

In comparison, a car journey between the same points took 1 hour 27 minutes – a journey not helped by a broken-down vehicle. Even accounting for that, according to the reporter’s traffic app, the journey should – going via part of the capital’s southern ringroad – have taken about 1 hr 12.

Average speed in the car was 15km/h, and it cost about €2.85 in diesel – plus parking.

A “chaotic and stressful” moped trip took 1 hour 3 minutes, and cost €1.30 in unleaded petrol.

Public transport – the RER and Metro combined via RER A to Charles-de-Gaulle-Étoile then Metro line 6 to the station Bir-Hakeim – took 50 minutes door to door, including a 10-minute walk and cost €2.80. The journey was described as “tiring”.

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