PARIS

IN THE TIME OF CORONA

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In February 2020, the world suffered the first attacks from the coronavirus or covid 19

Paris was touched by this strange, insidious and deadly evil.

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The streets of Paris have emptied of all life, each walled up at home. Worried, sick or not

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Even the Villa Leandre in Montmartre, an Instagrammers' paradise, had emptied.

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Rue Berthe in Montmartre

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South Pigalle. Trouble * 6- A scooter is laughing!

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In front of the Printemps store, reading on a bus stop bench

in this city that seems abandoned.

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When I got home I lingered in front of the legendary bistro of Kessel and the Russian princes. A man on a bicycle arrived shouting: I lost my job! I have nothing left ! someone is hearing me, someone is listening to me! ... His few words froze me and still resonate as if this echo came from thousands of broken lives.

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Fontaine Street. The cry of love of a theater.

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Masked people sneak through the prepared streets. I would like so much for Patrick Modiano to tell the story of this period of isolation and confinement.

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In Montmartre in front of the "Maison Rose"

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Place du Tertre, so difficult to get around in normal times. Painters, onlookers and restaurant tables have completely disappeared.

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Irreducible Scottish tourists!

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Quiet day in Montmartre.
It is Sunday, despite a closed basilica, a time of prayer.

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The Champs Élysées empty at 7 p.m., unprecedented!

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The Champs Élysées

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Every evening at 6.30 p.m. since November 11, 1923, a flame rekindling ceremony has taken place at the tomb of the unknown soldier under the Arc de Triomphe. Not a single day without, even during World War II.

 

"Only die and go to hell those who are no longer remembered. Forgetting is the devil's trick."

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A cinema set abandoned for confinement freezes two streets of Montmartre under the Occupation.
The scenery for the film "Adieu Monsieur Haffmann" that Fred Cavayé was filming in Montmartre with Daniel Auteui froze the streets of Berthe and Androuet in the 1940s, under the Occupation.

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Soon "Playtime is over !!!"

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Small departure from the "rules"

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Paris freed !!

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Life resumes with certain constraints

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The time for applause in tribute to caregivers has stopped.

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And everyone has the desire to regain this freedom so dearly earned ...

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Parc Monceau in Paris.
Parisians rediscover the parks that have just opened, contemplate nature while the haggard birds rediscover the human species!

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Old incantations reappear on the walls ...