"It is 1 pm and look around you: the place is dead, there is hardly anyone there", breathes Clarisse, manager of a stationery place Dauphine (Paris Ier), on the Ile de la Cité.
For two weeks since the November 13 trial began, restaurateurs and small businesses located near the Paris courthouse, have been grimacing.
Around them, rows of CRS coaches surround the neighborhood from Monday to Friday, car traffic is prohibited and the presence of police officers who block certain axes dissuades walkers from going to eat on this usually very popular site. some tourists.
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In two weeks, Sébastien, owner of the restaurant "Le Dauphin" saw his cash flow - already undermined by the Covid crisis - melt like snow in the sun.
“There are days when I lose 80% of my turnover.
There is only one access left to Place Dauphine, and sometimes people have to be stopped to pass.
It frightens customers and tourists, and they prefer to go their way, ”laments the restaurant owner.
Same story with Florence, who has been standing behind the counter in "My dining room" for 19 years. “I don't know if I'll be able to stay open for a long time. The trial, with security around, will last at least nine months. One afternoon, I only made 60 euros. How am I going to pay my staff with this? She asks herself.