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The Paris MÃ©tro, opened in 1900, extends over more than 200 kilometers of track, serving more than 300 individual stops. But there are 11 more stations that, though once built, now stand nearly abandoned. Many of theseÂ “ghost” or “phantom” stationsÂ shuttered after the occupation during WWII. Two of them, Porte Molitor and Haxo, never opened at all.
Parisian mayoral candidate Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet has a bold plan for these phantom stations. The center-right candidate, known as NKM to her supporters, has argued that these abandoned spaces should be reclaimed for the city’s residents.