People look at information boards reading 'An electric power failure at the entrance of the train station totally interrupts train traffic. AFP / PATRICK KOVARIK
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Paris was smothered Wednesday by its worst winter pollution in a decade, with commuters enjoying free public transport and half of all cars ordered off the road to try to clear the air.City authorities announced traffic restrictions would be extended to Thursday, with a ban imposed on private cars with registration plates ending in odd numbers from between 5:30 a.m. and midnight.For more than a week now, PM10 readings have been at dangerously high levels of over 80 micrograms per cubic meter of air particles, reaching 146 micrograms per cubic meter last Thursday.
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