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After 100 years, Paris says it will again allow swimming in the River Seine


Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep.

Few things are prettier than the Seine River as it flows through Paris. But for 100 years, officials forbade swimming because the water was so dirty. For the 2024 Summer Olympics, swimming events will take place in that river, so authorities have spent $1.6 billion on a solution. They dug a giant reservoir to capture untreated sewage before it flows into the channel. Soon, Parisians and Olympians can take the plunge.

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Steve Inskeep is a host of NPR's Morning Edition, as well as NPR's morning news podcast Up First.