Two more hours saved to return to the life before. The postponement of the curfew from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Wednesday, June 9, has made happy customers and owners of restaurants and bars who are seeing their activities really resume.
In the rue de Lappe, in the 11e arrondissement of Paris, one of the busiest axes in the Bastille district, the crowd is impressive. Hundreds of people occupy the narrow sidewalks, spilling out into the street: the signs follow one another, the clienteles mingle, the Miami Bar, the Code Bar, the Yellow Mad Monkey, the Bar des Ferrailleurs, that of the Families or even the Sans- Panties …
It is 10:30 p.m. and the fateful deadline which is approaching does not move anyone. At Pierrot, there is a ti punch, planter and zouk atmosphere, the manager, careful, begins to stack tables and chairs and asks customers to leave. “The police have already come to warn us at the end of the afternoon and we know they will be carrying out checks. We are stupid and disciplined ”, he comments with a smile.
“Normal evening hours”
Place de la Bastille, most of the sidewalks of which are invaded by immense terraces, the atmosphere is still delighted with this long-awaited new freedom. “When the curfew was at 9 pm, I did not go out because, finishing my work late, it was not worth coming for a few minutes. There, with two more hours, we are starting to return to normal evening hours ”, says Elodie Martin, 38, who works in a communication agency.
In front of her, a row of small glasses and as many shots of flavored vodka. Her friend, who came like her to celebrate the birthday of a loved one, also takes advantage of the moment. Sophie Fuks, 36, who works in a law firm, is radiant. ” It’s great. But I do not understand the government’s strategy, to close cinemas but not places of worship and, there, a week ago we were barricaded while today, it’s a total party. It makes no sense. “
The group of friends settled in the Falstaff brewery, on the square between rue de Lappe and boulevard Richard-Lenoir. Hichem Ben Salem, the manager of the establishment, 42, appreciates the extension of the hours but is cautious. “I’m afraid people will have a harder time leaving at 11pm. I see a lot of bottles of wine on the tables, we didn’t see them before. There, it is 10:30 pm and I continue to refuse customers ”, said the manager of Falstaff.
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