Foreign News: Essence of Metro

Like the New York subway system—which it rivals in overcrowding, labyrinthian complexity and financial difficulties —the Paris Metro has a smell all its own.

To the basic ingredients of dankness and soot, Parisian passengers have added an enchanting blend of garlic, tobacco, cheap cosmetics and the sweat of honest toil.

Last week La Régie Autonome des Transports Parisiens (transit authority) embarked upon an experiment designed to give the subway a daintiness hitherto found only in boudoir and meadow. Each train traveling two of the main routes across Paris was equipped with an atomizer through...

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