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Paris to launch electric moped hire scheme this summer

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Electric mopeds will be available for hire around Paris from this summer following a trial of the public scheme, the mayor's office announced.

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The service will see 1,000 scooters gradually deployed around the French capital, available to anyone aged over 20 with a moped licence, AFP reports.

The electric bikes, equivalent to mopeds with 50cc engines, will be available from 7 am until 1 am daily under a scheme managed by Cityscoot, the first company in Europe to provide self-service scooters.

Cityscoot has been testing 50 scooters since last June with the support of city authorities and the results have been "very positive", the mayor's office said.

"In the last three months, 1,200 testers have completed nearly 4,500 journeys," the office said, adding that 65 percent of those who took part said they would use the scheme regularly.

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