Is something missing in Paris? Most people would tell you that, in addition to live in the most touristic city in the world, it would be pleasant to go for a swim! Even if Paris isn’t a beach town, the magnificent river Seine – which used to be Parisians’ favorite place to go for a swim – would be the ideal place to cool off when it’s hot. So will Parisians be swimming in the river Seine soon?
Paris : no beach, but a river: the Seine
There is only one thing missing in Paris, and it’s because of its location: there is no beach. But, actually, that’s not a big deal, because there is a big and well-known river: the Seine.
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But… Can we swim in the Seine? No we can’t! Since 1923, swimming in the river Seine is forbidden, and that’s not all: swimming in the Seine can cost you 15 euros.
Swimming in the river Seine: is that possible? Soon?
Jacques Chirac, when he was the Paris mayor (back to 1988) promised that swimming in the Seine will be possible and allowed in 1994. The result? Swimming in the Seine is still impossible, though some Parisians are doing it (when it’s too hot in Paris, as it was the case during the dog-days of July, 2015).
Is Anne Hidalgo following Jacques Chirac on this particular fact? In addition to her “Swimming in Paris” operation, the actual Paris mayor is willing to offer the opportunity to swim in the Seine to the Parisians. Then she added “Parisians will be able to swim in the river Seine after 2024”.
All started when Paris city decided to be one of the candidate city to organize 2024 Olympic Games. Actually, 9 sites are being study as potential swimming spots: the Port de Javel, the Île aux Cygnes, the docks of Trocadéro-Champ de Mars, the Allée du Bord de l’Eau au Bois de Boulogne, the port des Saints-Pères, the port de l’Hôtel de Ville, the port Henri-IV, the port d’Austerlitz and the port de Bercy.
Skillfull authorities took care of identifying spots where people could swim in the river Seine while staying away from the boats, thus reserving it for swimmers only. Moreover, they confirmed that the water quality has considerably improved in the course of the past 15 years!
When Paris officially announced that, Anne Hidalgo said she wants the Thriatlon in… the Seine! The river should be cleaned to make that possible and happening.
For those who would like to follow the future projects of Paris, we dedicated an entire post to that topic! Come check out “Paris: World ecological capital in 2050”!