Parisians hit Xmas Eve markets despite COVID woes

Parisian shoppers hit festive markets this year despite COVID-19.

Shrimp, oysters, and turkeys were out on display like any other Christmas Eve.

And shop owners at Paris’ popular Maubert market say they haven’t noticed a drop in food sales compared to last year.

But this year - as France continues to struggle with rising coronavirus cases - the government has handed out restrictions.

Families have been advised to keep gatherings to a maximum of six adults and maintain social distancing.

Whether people, like shopper Olivier, will abide by the rules is another matter:

“No, actually first of all I’ll be an outlaw tonight. There'll be more than six of us, and I don't plan to eat in the kitchen with my wife, even if I am the oldest one at the table.”

Health worker Estelle says she will do what she's told.

“Instead of all getting together on Sunday, some will come tonight and others on the next day, and then they'll be others that we won’t see or that we will see outside, in the garden.”

France has the fifth-highest number of coronavirus cases in the world.

And this month French President Emmanuel Macron tested positive for the virus.

On Christmas Eve, France’s medical regulator said it had approved the vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech.

France plans to start its vaccination programme on December 27.