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Horses are a possible alternative for vehicles such as school buses and refuse trucks, say groups eager to pick up on global concerns about eco-friendly transport.
"It's all about sustainable development and bringing some humanity back to today's monotonous, machine-driven jobs," Stephane de Veyrac, from the French National Stud Organization, said at this week's annual conference of French mayors.
De Veyrac's group says it is the first in France to offer consulting on a wide range of horse-powered vehicles that could also haul bottles and aid street sweeping.
"It is a serious alternative -- horses are already in use in over 70 towns as replacements for gasoline- and diesel-powered service vehicles," said de Veyrac, pointing to the 'Hippoville' prototype parked in the exhibition hall.
The MS Explorer, a Canadian cruise ship, was on a 19-day eco-tourism adventure with 154 passengers and crew aboard when it is reported to have struck an iceberg. The tour, which included 10 Canadian passengers and two crew members, was retracing the steps of Ernest Shackleton's expedition to the Antarctic from 1914 to 1916. His ship, the Endurance, was broken by the ice.