- Paris may go dark in the early hours of the morning if new plans go ahead
- Traders fears the blackout would negatively affect tourism and the economy
Paris may lose its trademark glow next year after plans emerged to extinguish its street lighting at night to save money.
French President Francois Hollande and his energy minister Delphine Batho are considering turning out the lights in and outside public buildings, offices and shops in the early hours of the morning.
If the scheme goes ahead, late-night revellers in the city would be advised to carry torches if they venture out between the hours of 1 and 7am.
Lit up: Paris is at risk from losing its trademark glow if plans go ahead to turn off street light in the early hours of the morning
The rules will also apply to other French cities, villages, and towns.
Batho said the measure would save energy and money, and show ‘sobriety’, although the plan has proved unpopular with traders.
It follows on from a new rule last July which states businesses must turn off neon lights between 1 and 6am. The measure was introduced as part of the French government’s bid to improve its energy efficiency by 20 percent by 2020.