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France could offer cash to scrap cars for electric bikes

PARIS — France could offer the owners of old cars 2,500 euros ($2,975) to swap their vehicles for an electric bicycle.

Lawmakers in the National Assembly approved the measure in a preliminary vote.

It was an amendment to a draft climate bill passing through parliament that aims to reduce greenhouse emissions by 40 percent in 2030 from 1990 levels.

If adopted, France will become the first country in the world to offer people the chance to trade in an aging vehicle for an electric or folding bicycle, the French Federation of Bicycle Users (FUB) said.

“For the first time it is recognized that the solution is not to make cars greener, but simply to reduce their number,” said Olivier Schneider of the FUB.

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