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Markets, cafes and restaurants reopened in France this week, but with new hygiene measures

Markets, cafes and restaurants reopened in France this week, but with new hygiene measures

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Markets, cafes and restaurants reopened in France this week, but with new hygiene measures

Oh là là, I wish I was French. On Sunday night, the president of France, Emmanuel Macron, announced that restaurants and cafes in Paris could fully reopen. "We will rediscover the art of living, our taste for freedom. We will rediscover France," said Mr Macron, rather wonderfully.

Joyful Parisians flooded back to their favourite bistros. Instead of being forced to eat and drink outdoors, at tables on the street, they were allowed inside - at a distance from one another, of course.

Who would have thought, six months ago, that something as simple as entering a cafe and ordering a coffee would feel like an act of glorious social renewal, a triumph over disease, terror and adversity?