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Paris: why the streets of the capital were plunged into darkness last night

2024-02-29T14:24:00.301Z

Highlights: A large part of the capital's public lighting was turned off for several hours during the night from Wednesday to Thursday. “Tonight, in the streets of Paris, no public lighting, dark night, not at all reassuring,” worries a user of X (formerly Twitter) “The operator Cielis told us that the problem was linked to a programming fault regarding February 29 in leap years,’ specifies the Paris Center town hall. But this incident is therefore confined to each leap year. So there are 4 years left to avoid the next bug.


A large part of the capital's public lighting was turned off for several hours during the night from Wednesday to Thursday. Explanations.


“Tonight, in the streets of Paris, no public lighting, dark night, not at all reassuring,” worries a user of X (formerly Twitter).

Thursday morning, several dozen people questioned themselves on the social network about a power outage that occurred in the streets of Paris during the night from Wednesday to Thursday.

If in the buildings the lights were sometimes well lit, the public lighting seemed to be out of order.

No budget cuts or testing for the Olympic Games as mentioned by some Internet users, but rather a programming defect.

4 a.m. in Paris, no public lighting in the streets.

#blackout 😟 pic.twitter.com/Aza8249LKV

— Littlenemo 🇺🇦🇪🇺 (@littlenemo75) February 29, 2024

At issue: the existence of February 29 this year.

“The operator Cielis told us that the problem was linked to a programming fault regarding February 29 in leap years,” specifies the Paris Center town hall.

Concretely, the public lighting went out at midnight, and the operator's agents then had to turn the lighting back on manually, which took a little time.

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“It was a computer bug which led to an outage and, gradually, electricity was restored district by district,” indicated the Paris town hall, confirming that “most districts” of the capital had been affected.

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But this incident is therefore confined to each leap year, according to the Paris Center town hall.

So there are 4 years left to avoid the next bug.

Source: leparis

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