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Paris chokes on pollution; City of Light becomes City of Haze
Paris chokes on pollution; City of Light becomes City of Haze

Nine-year-old Lily Martin has been coughing for most of the last three weeks. From morning to evening and most of the night, it has been hack, hack, hack. She is pale and exhausted. Her mother, Sophie, is worried sick. The child is not the only one suffering. All over Paris, people are coughing, wheezing and sniffing as a spike in air pollution has made the French capital one of the smoggiest cities in the world. For one day last week, in fact, air quality in Paris was reported to be the worst among major global cities -- a distinction usually associated with Beijing or New Delhi. The haze enveloping Paris, which usually enjoys relatively clean air for a city its size, has prompted...

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