Updated: Sep 19
The Local fr reports: Part of the Paris canal has once again been transformed into an outdoor pool for the summer. The Local’s Ben McPartland took the plunge on the opening day after being convinced the water was clean enough.
La Baignade, the new swimming pool at the Bassin de la Villette in north eastern Paris is open and ready for sunseekers and swimmers, if the weather holds up.
Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo opened the open air swimming pools in north eastern Paris on Wednesday, although unlike The Local’s editor she wasn’t game enough to take a dip.
The pool is free and open from 11am to 9pm each day throughout the summer until September 9th.
The Times reports: Paris splashes €1bn to clean up Seine. Guarding competitors in the 2024 Olympics from the risk of diarrhoea, organ failure and death when they swim in the Seine is set to cost French taxpayers about €1 billion.
Paris won the 2024 Olympic Games after Anne Hidalgo, the mayor, promised to make the river clean enough for the open water swimming races and triathlon. She said that the clean-up would also allow Parisians to swim in the Seine for the first time since it was banned almost a century ago.