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Paris police had to disperse a crowd of revellers on Tuesday evening in front of the Sacré-Coeur basilica in the citys picturesque Montmartre area. Social distancing measures remain in place to combat Covid-19, despite France ending its lockdown on the previous day.

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Beneath the distinctive, almost Byzantine domed grace of the Sacré-Coeur – on the iconic Montmartre hill, with its sublime panorama of the City of Lights – a crowd of people gathered to drink and celebrate after two months of full-blown confinement measures ended.

To ensure that the lifting of the lockdown does not provoke a resurgence of the coronavirus, gatherings of more than 10 people are banned and people are asked to stay at least two metres away from each other. Consequently, police asked the crowd to disperse.

France slowly emerged from its torpor on Monday as hairdressers, florists, nail salons and some other businesses reopened.

But restaurants and bars – at the heart of Frances proverbial joie de vivre – are still waiting to learn when they will be back in business and cafe life can resume under the French governments phased-in lifting of restrictions it imposed to stem the country's coronavirus outbreak.

The revelry in Montmartre came after police in the French capital declared a ban on consRead More – Source

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