The court found that the preliminary impact assessment included "inaccuracies, omissions and shortcomings concerning the effects of the project" and annulled the measure decided in 2016.
The mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo has announced, Wednesday, February 21 in the evening, she was going to appeal the decision of the administrative court to cancel the closure to traffic lanes on the bank of the right bank in Paris. She added that a new order will be made to preserve pedestrianization.
"We decided to appeal this decision and to take a new pedestrian order without waiting. The opening of the banks of the Seine to pedestrians and cyclists was decided democratically by elected Paris in September 2016 after a year and a half of consultation. "
The administrative court had annulled, earlier in the day, the closing of the 3,3-kilometer Georges Pompidou river lane on the right bank of the Seine. The mayor of Paris had decided this closure in 2016.
"No cars back in the next days or weeks"
The court considered that the impact assessment prior to this decision included "Inaccuracies, omissions and inadequacies in the effects of the project on vehicular traffic, air pollutant emissions and noise pollution", can we read in a statement.
Consequently, the administrative court annulled at the same time a deliberation of September 26, 2016 of the Paris Council, which declared the general interest of the development of the banks of the right bank, and the decree of October 18 2016 creating a public walk.
The ecologist assistant to the transport, Christophe Najdovski, however wished to point out that"There will be no return cars on the banks of the Seine right bank, nor in the coming days, nor in the coming weeks, nor in the coming months".
The Paris police prefecture has concluded that "As planned" could not " continue ". And stressed that the new decree envisaged by the mayor of Paris will have to be submitted to the prefect of Police "Under the control of legality".
In the immediate future, the banks are inaccessible because of the recent flood.
This pedestrianization was motivated by a political will to reduce the place of the car in the name of public health interests.
It provoked fierce controversy, the critics of the measure criticizing, in particular, the "Authoritative method" Mayor Anne Hidalgo accused of waging a merciless war on motorists.
The assessment of the impact on congestion, noise and air quality has also given rise to considerable controversy. In particular with the right-wing elected representatives and the Ile-de-France region chaired by Valérie Pécresse (LR).
The region also hit the nail on Wednesday, saying that " Negative consequences " pedestrianization had been "Considerably underestimated" by Paris. She wished that the latter "Finally engages a real consultation that was so lacking", saying to himself "Willing to be a stakeholder".