Parisians packed the banks of the Canal Saint Martin on May 11, as France’s lockdown was partially eased. However, the crowds and lack of social distancing prompted police to respond, clearing the area and issuing a ban on drinking alcohol there.
Similar scenes along the Seine were met with the same official response.
The easing of lockdown restrictions in Paris meant that people no longer had to fill out a form in order to leave the house, though it was still recommended to wear a mask while outside. Throughout France, journeys up to 100 km from one’s home were also permitted.
More than 26,000 people in France were reported as having died as a result of the coronavirus, with more than 22,000 remaining hospitalized, according to the Ministry of Health on May 12. Credit: k_tony_s via Storyful