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Paris to bid 'au revoir' to its Metro tickets

China Daily | Updated: 2018-07-13 07:58

PARIS - They've been in use since 1900, when the Paris Metro opened for business, but soon the city's familiar rectangular tickets will become a thing of the past, replaced by a fully automated system similar to the one in London.

For many tourists, the little white tickets - often purchased in a 'carnet' of 10 - are inseparable from a visit to the city. They're frequently found years later tucked between the pages of a book, in the back of a wallet or under a sofa.

But they are also easy to lose, often end up littering the pavements, where they take up to a year to decompose, and the magnetic strip on the back tends to fail over time, meaning the tickets, 550 million of which are sold each year, don't work.

Paris to bid 'au revoir' to its Metro tickets

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