According to mayor Anne Hidalgo, the transport system of the French capital is not ready for the Olympic Games, which will be held in Paris next summer. Approximately 15 million visitors or accredited persons are expected to participate in the Olympic Games, reports Al Jazeera.
“In some places, public transport will not be sufficiently covered. There will be a lack of trains and they won’t run often enough,” the mayor said on TMC TV’s Quotidien program on Wednesday evening.
The transport infrastructure in the capital is already under pressure. Passengers and tourists complain about the low frequency of connections, insufficient cleanliness and overcrowding. “We still have problems in daily transport and we still do not achieve the comfort and precision that Parisians need,” Hidalgo reminded.
The statements of the socialist mayor provoked the anger of her political opponents. Transport Minister Clément Beaune accused Hidalgo of not attending a committee meeting to discuss transport infrastructure. “Mrs. Hidalgo is not there, she does not attend work meetings, but she has an opinion about others. What respect he has for our public officials and for Parisians!” the minister wrote on the X platform.
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However, Hidalgová also mentioned another problem that would need to be solved before the Games are held. This makes a large number of people homeless. She said she wanted to use the Olympics as an opportunity to find a long-term solution to the problem of people sleeping on the streets and in metro stations in Paris. “Everyone agrees that progress needs to be made, but we haven’t gotten there yet,” added the mayor.