6 p.m., Wednesday. It is liberation. François 24 years old and Fabien 22 years old, have just completed three long days of partial exams. Locked up for several weeks to revise, the two art history students have ants in their legs: “We still have to celebrate it.” After a few minutes of reflection, the two young men, joined by Lucas, 19, decide: “We’re going to have a beer at the Contrescarpe.” A hundred or so people had the same idea, posting themselves in small groups, cups in hand, on the famous Place du Ve arrondissement.
To avoid going permanently out of business, some establishments offer the sale of take-out drinks. Photo Cha Gonzalez for Liberation
For many weeks now, the iconic Parisian square, traditionally renowned for its terraces, has seen its attendance gradually increase. Despite the Covid-19 crisis, despite the closure of bars, despite the curfew. To avoid putting d
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