Paris bans all cars made before 1997 in a bid to reduce smog
Classic cars caught up in Paris ban
All cars made before 1997 are to be banned from Paris under drastic measures to combat the city's toxic smog.
New laws, which come into effect on July 1, will also ban motorcycles registered before 2000 from the city centre on weekdays.
The move is part of a larger plan to only allow vehicles that are less than ten years old on the capital's streets by 2020.
But the reforms will likely hit the worst off the hardest because they won't be able to afford more modern cars.
The pollution-busting restrictions sparked an angry backlash from bikers when they were proposed by Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo last year.
Hundreds of motorcyclists rode through the city in protest, many carrying posters declaring 'Je suis biker' or 'Je suis motard'.
They claimed that they can cover more distance in less time than four-wheeled vehicles and can help to reduce traffic congestion.
Pre-1997 cars are thought to account for around 10 per cent of all vehicles in Paris, but generate as much as half of the city's pollution, it was reported by Gizmodo.
But classic cars – such as vintage Citroëns – are not exempt, but that may change as an exception was discussed last year.
Paris has already outlawed diesel in trucks and larger vehicles.
It is not the first time the city has gone to extreme lengths to cut pollution, which is some of the worst in Europe.
Previously, it has cut half the cars on the road for temporary periods by banning even-numbered licence plates.
Although public transport was made free of charge to take the sting out of the restrictions, drivers in the capital protested against the measures.