Pedestrians rush home and restaurants close as curfew begins in Paris | AFP

The last passers-by rush to take the metro, while restaurants close their doors in Place de la Bastille in Paris a few minutes before curfew takes effect, a measure taken for at least four weeks by the government after an alarming surge in Covid-19 cases.

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Paris traffic returns post-lockdown at Place de la Bastille | AFP

Traffic in Paris is gradually returning to normal five days after lockdown measures ease. The usual cacophony of car horns and scooters weaving their way between the vehicles are back at Place de la Bastille in the capital. IMAGES

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Coronavirus: Paris’s Place de la Bastille near-empty on day 24 of lockdown | AFP

Traffic reduced to the bare essentials and just a few passers-by on the streets: Paris’s Place de la Bastille, usually bustling with traffic and pedestrians, is almost deserted on the 24th day of a nationwide confinement that will be extended beyond its current limit of April 15. IMAGES

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Coronavirus: Paris’s Place de la Bastille bathed in sun on 20th day of confinement | AFP

On the 20th day of confinement, Paris’s Place de la Bastille is bathed in sunshine. Walkers and joggers take advantage of the good weather while the first daisies make an appearance. IMAGES

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Paris police use “educational checks” on first day of coronavirus confinement | AFP

Paris police are taking a softly-softly approach amid the coronavirus lockdown, which began at noon on Tuesday, offering advice during the “educational checks” on the population at Place de la Bastille. This approach is being initially taken in a bid to encourage people to stay at home. IMAGES

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Unhappy French police in Bastille “march of anger” | AFP

At the behest of several trade unions around France, policemen and women participate in a “march of anger” at Place de la Bastille to protest institutional unrest, rising suicide rates and proposed reform of pensions. It is the biggest police demonstration of its kind in Paris for 20 years. IMAGES

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Riot police clash with protesters, deploy tear gas at demonstration in central Paris

French riot police have deployed tear gas on protesters who gathered at the Place de la Bastille in central Paris after preliminary results of the first round of the presidential election were announced.

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