Yes, I heard about that on the news today. Today here in Toulouse the weather was beautiful and sunny and with no wind. I went for a walk to the top of a hill and you could see the purple haze just hanging over the city and in the near distance. The Pyrenees were invisible, whereas they should be visible on what looked like a clear day.
Supposedly the pollution is high in Toulouse these days too but I don't really notice it because the sky is blue. Went for a walk to the top of a hill yesterday and realized that what seemed to be fog was in fact pollution. Usually it's not too bad in Toulouse because it is often windy.
bixa, thanks for the Smithsonian link. Tourouvre is in our neck of the woods when we are in France! I've been following this in the local paper online. There are photos of Segolene Royal looking stylish as she inaugurated the roadway yesterday.
The Guardian had an article on it yesterday too. From what I've read, they've really backed off on the production the Smithsonian reported. They're talking about enough to power streetlights at this point. The Wattway is on one kilometer of a not-very-busy road, which I guess means the cells are exposed to the sun more than on a well-traveled road.