Paris reveals grand plans to ‘reinvent the River Seine’

Paris is set to transform abandoned spots along the River Seine as part of a project to rejuvenate life by the city's river. Rouen and Le Havre are also giving their own river banks a makeover further downstream.

Paris reveals grand plans to 'reinvent the River Seine'
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Paris is all set to breathe fresh life into forgotten spaces along the Seine, with a project that will see parts the river banks completely transformed. 
The “Reinvent the Seine” project (Reinventer la Seine) will see 13 abandoned spaces in the greater Paris region of Ile-de-France – eight of which are located in the French capital itself – turned into meeting spots, co-working spaces, lodgings and hotels or places to go out.
There will also be projects going ahead in Rouen and Le Havre, cities in the northern region of Normandy where the Seine also runs, meaning 20 areas will be getting the makeover treatment in total. 
Of the projects in Paris, there are plans to create an electronic cabaret on the Alexandre III bridge in the city's upmarket eighth arrondissement, while in the French capital's trendy 19th arrondissement, a warehouse along the Canal de L'Ourq is set to be converted into a bar and a spot for growing fruit and vegetables. 
Photo: Paris Town Hall
On top of that, on Avenue President Kennedy in the 16th arrondissement, a green transport service will be created and in Saint Denis to the north east of Paris, there are plans for an artisan brewery.
Photo: Paris Town Hall
The transformations, which are entirely privately funded, will take place over the next few years but if you just can't wait until they're completed, an exhibition at the Pavillon de l'Arsenal starting Friday is displaying the approved proposals until September 3rd.


Striking workers block Paris airport terminal, flights delayed

Striking airport workers have blocked part Paris’s Charles de Gaulle airport, with some flights already delayed by at least one hour.

Striking workers block Paris airport terminal, flights delayed
Striking airport workers outside Charles-de-Gaulle airport in Paris. Photo: Geoffroy van der Hasselt | AFP

Last month, trade unions representing workers at the Aéroports de Paris (ADP) – the city’s Charles-de-Gaulle-Roissy and Orly airports – called for a strike between July 1st and July 5th in an ongoing dispute between French airport workers and bosses over contract renegotiations.

A second wave of protests are expected next week, after a strike notice was filed for July 9th.

Tensions mounted on Friday morning as some 400 protesters staged a raucous demonstration at CDG’s terminal 2E, which mostly deals with flights outside the Schengen zone, as police officers looked on.

At Orly airport, meanwhile, some 250 people demonstrated “outside”, while a small group was inside.

The dispute is over a long-term plan by ADP to bring in new work contracts for employees at the airports, which unions say will lower pay, job losses and a reduction in rights and bonuses for employees.

The strike is being jointly called by the CGT, CFE-CGE, Unsa, CFDT and FO unions, who said in a joint press release that the proposals will “definitively remove more than a month’s salary from all employees and force them to accept geographical mobility that will generate additional commuting time”.

Unions say that staff face dismissal if they do not sign the new contracts.

ADP said on Wednesday that it expected ‘slight delays for some flights but no cancellations’ to services – but it urged travellers to follow its social media operations for real-time updates.

On Thursday, the first day of action, 30 percent of flights were delayed between 15 minutes and half-an-hour.

ADP’s CEO Augustin de Romanet had said on Tuesday that ‘everything would be done to ensure no flight is cancelled’. 

ADP reported a loss of €1.17 billion in 2020. 

Stressing that discussions are continuing over the proposed new contracts, the CEO called for “an effort of solidarity, with a red line: no forced layoffs.”