The Paris police headquarters are against it. In a letter dated Tuesday, May 10 and revealed by Le Parisien and of which AFP was aware, Didier Lallement informed the mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo of his “opposition” to the disputed redevelopment project between the Trocadéro and the Eiffel Tower which would cause major traffic problems. “I inform you of my opposition to this plan to restrict traffic in the Eiffel Tower sector”, writes the prefect. “Therefore, I will not co-sign any regulatory measure formalizing a modification of the traffic and parking policy related to this project”, he adds.
The OnE project chosen in 2019, for which the town hall is now counting on a budget of 107 million euros, was adopted in early February by the left-wing majority in power in Paris. It aims in particular to reduce the space occupied by cars on either side of the Pont d’Iéna, destined to become “the first vegetated bridge in Paris”, as well as the creation of a “vegetated amphitheater” on the Place du Trocadero, where traffic will be reorganized in a half-moon, and a planted promenade on the Quai Branly. “The closure to general traffic of the Pont d’Iéna will generate significant traffic reports on the Alma, Grenelle and Bir-Hakeim bridges and, to a lesser extent, on the Alexandre III and Concorde bridges”, says the prefect, based on the results of a study commissioned by the town hall in February 2020.