This Wednesday afternoon, Pigalle was plunged into a certain torpor, crushed by 30 ° C, but very far from the fever of the night before, when the Blues match had ended in jubilation and tears.
Those caused by a few tear gas shots from the police, determined to quickly disperse the supporters after 11 p.m.
A precaution that they will no longer have to take this Sunday, with the removal of the curfew announced at midday by Jean Castex.
“It was cool to find this atmosphere last night, retains Paul, the manager of O'Sullivans by installing his terrace on a part of the boulevard where the evening ended more calmly.
The elimination of the curfew is good news, but we were warned at the last moment and we will have to find staff.
In any case, we feel that the customers are happy, and so are we.
The objective: to close for the first time at 5 am, on the night from Sunday to Monday, "with many health measures difficult to put in place" and the ban on dancing, in particular.
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Marie-Hélène will not be part of the clientele at that time. The retiree passes in front of the Moulin Rouge, coming down from the Sacré-Cœur, mask carefully worn. "I go to bed early, I'm rather early risers," smiles the sixty-year-old who flirtatiously hides her age. I live rue Oberkampf and the end of the curfew may bring back an unpleasant noise. I had eight months of silence, that's what I like, with nature, but young people don't see things the same, unfortunately. "On the other hand, this Parisian is delighted to drop the mask:" It's great! This is a sign that health is coming back! I was having a hard time breathing with it, and we're going to review the lipstick I continued to wear. It's nice to see a face, even to talk to yourself. "
A family of Swedes who pass by there is not quite of the same opinion.
"It's more reassuring to see everyone masked," says the father.
We are visiting Paris for five days and although the mask is no longer required, we will wear it.
In Sweden it is only compulsory in certain places but we have it all the time.
And we're used to distancing, whereas here it's very crowded and more confusing.
»His daughter, she plans to brave the night to see the Eiffel Tower, ignoring its extinction at 1 am.
"It happened to me to return home in panic being afraid of meeting a cop"
Cécile, 28, who already has a fine for not wearing a mask, relishes no longer sweating "for fear of crossing the cops" during the curfew.
Cécile, 28, has taken a step ahead of the instructions and wears her mask at the end of a cord around her neck, giving free rein to her smile. “I even had a fine for not wearing a mask, sitting alone in Montmartre with a book, sighs the young woman with long brown hair. We don't get along, we're really badly in it. For me, it's an individual responsibility to be careful depending on the situation. I didn't respect the curfew either, but it will bring freedom. It happened to me to return home in panic being afraid to cross a cop, at 8 pm… ”
Between the trees on the promenade, Clotilde and Charles, 28 and 31, struggle to carry a sofa, quite upset to discover that this kind of furniture is prohibited in the metro. “The mask, it was really restrictive on a daily basis, welcomes the young man. Anyway, we can see that in the street, everyone was already doing as he wanted lately. The end of the curfew is the same, what a relief! Being under house arrest at 11 p.m. was getting complicated. "Psychologically, stopping looking at the time all the time is going to do us a lot of good," adds Clotilde, reddened by the effort. It is not even necessarily a question of having to return, rather of peace. "Before leaving for his journey on the sofa, Charles concludes:" The restrictions, the wearing of the mask,fears of having a fine cut down on our freedom. And there, that's it, it's over ... While waiting for the rest! "