Born in Tunisia (a French colony at the time) in 1950,
Delanoë was first elected to the Paris City Council in 1977
(Jacques Chirac became mayor that year).
He was a Senator, from the Socialist Party (PS) of Paris in 1995 - 2001.
Delanoë was elected the mayor of
in March 2001 and re-elected in March 2008.
As we have previously mentioned in these pages, the city of Paris is readying a car equivalent of the hugely popular bike rental service, Vélib'. The new service, predictably named Autolib', will allow renting small 4-seat electric cars for short trips in the city and environs. The vehicles can be dropped off at the most convenient docking station (not necessarily where they were picked up). Pricing is by the minute (a 20-minute minimum), with the rate beyond one hour increasing to encourage customers to take shorter trips.
Read the rest of: "Autolib' Is Coming. Will Foreigners Be Allowed to Use It?
The moment has finally come! After many months in the making, the much-talked-about Montreal public bike rental system, Bixi, has launched. Over the past few weeks the city has installed a number of automated
bike rental stations
and launched a web site allowing users to see availabilities in real
time (both the number of available bikes and available docking slots).
Although the system is geared mainly towards residents of the city,
tourists can take advantage of it as well, with monthly and even daily
Read the rest of: "BiXi Launched
After more than two years of reconstruction, a former funeral parlor in the 19th arrondissement of Paris reopened in its new incarnation as the city's newest modern arts center christened "104" (Centquatre)...
Co-directed by Robert Cantarella and Frédéric Fisbach, the center, at 104 rue d'Aubervilliers was green-lighted by Paris mayor Bertrand Delanoë
in 2005. More than two years and 100M euros later, Centquatre opened to the public in October.
Read the rest of: "104: New Modern Art Center