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Paris police bans alcohol along Seine river as crowds revel in new-found freedom

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Police in the French capital declared a ban on alcoholic drinks on the banks of the Seine and the popular Canal Saint-Martin after crowds gathered there on Monday evening to enjoy their newly recovered freedom following eight weeks of lockdown.

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After a two-month freeze, Paris slowly emerged from its torpor as hairdressers, florists, nail salons and some other businesses reopened – but under mandatory social distancing requirements.

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Restaurants and bars – at the heart of France's 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.

Meanwhile, some Parisians couldn't resist the temptation of celebrating their release from lockdown, and conviviality was accompanied by wine or beer. As the sun set over the picturesque Canal Saint Martin, youths gathered for conversation, standing shoulder-to-shoulder or sitting knee-to-knee on the ground – until police moved in with a megaphone to disperse the crowd.

VIDEO: Paris police break up crowds.

Police were forced to step in to clear the banks of Canal Saint-Martin after crowds of Parisians gathered at the end of two months of lockdown pic.twitter.com/ak6eBb3JLU

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