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Paris car-sharing scheme Autolib’ set for London

Paris's groundbreaking electric car-sharing scheme looks set to be rolled out in London in the next 12 months, Vincent Bollore the French tycoon behind the capital's Autolib' project said on Wednesday.

Paris car-sharing scheme Autolib' set for London
Paris's Autolib' cars will soon be on the streets of London. Photo: Francisco Gonzalez/Flickr

French tycoon Vincent Bollore said on Wednesday he aims to introduce a car version of the "Boris Bikes" hire scheme in London, and quadruple the number of electric car-charging points in Britain.

IER, a subsidiary of the Bollore Group, has been selected by the Transport for London authority to take over the management of the existing Source London from June this year.

The network of 1,400 battery-charging points will be expanded to 6,000 by 2018, with IER investing £100 million (120 million euros, $166 million).

Furthermore, Bollore said he was aiming to launch an electric car hire project in the British capital.

SEE ALSO: After Autolib' and Velib' Paris is now set for Scootlib'

The scheme would be based on Autolib in Paris, which was launched in 2011 and currently has more than 45,000 active subscribers making between 9,000 and 13,000 car journeys each day.

"We'll have Blue Cars in London within the next 12 months," Bollore said.

The Autolib model has also been rolled out to the French cities of Lyon and Bordeaux and will soon go into operation in the US city of Indianapolis.

Bollore will eventually also offer a car-sharing scheme.

London Mayor Boris Johnson said: "We're going to see more charging points popping up across London, which will drive the take-up of these cleaner, greener machines and help to reduce air pollution too."

The popular short-term bike hire scheme in London was initially sponsored by Barclays bank, but soon acquired the nickname "Boris Bikes" after the mayor.

Paris's Autolib scheme has been considered a success but it has occasionally suffered from the same problems as the Velib' bike scheme, notably vandalism.

These dramatic pictures below show two blue cars in flames after being set alight by vandals in Paris.

What do you think, will Autolib' work in London? 

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LONDON

French school pupils hurt in London terror attack

French high school pupils were among those hurt in Wednesday's attack on Westminster Bridge in London, French Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said.

French school pupils hurt in London terror attack
Photo: AFP

“Solidarity with our British friends, horribly attacked, full support for the injured French pupils, their families and their friends,” he said in a tweet.

Foreign ministry spokesman Romain Nadal said three injured pupils were from a high school in Concarneau, in the western Brittany region. Two are believed to be critically injured.

Local radio France Bleu said around a dozen students were on the bridge at the time of the attack, and that the three injured were taken to hospital.

A local newspaper, Le Telegramme, also said the students were on the bridge when they were hit by the car, quoting another student who said the force of the impact threw one of them onto the bonnet of the vehicle.

An official at their school in the town of Concarneau said families of the pupils, aged around 14, were in contact with the London hospital where they were being treated.

They were part of a group of 92 or 93 students, the school official said.

Police and the regional council said family members would be flown to London from the town of Lorient to be with the students.

French president François Hollande sent a message of support to London saying: “Terrorism affects us all. France knows the how the British people are suffering today.”

A woman and a British police officer died in the attack at the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Bridge on Wednesday afternoon, while 20 others were left seriously injured.

Later on Wednesday police said the death toll had risen to four.

The assailant was shot dead by police.