Paris Plages opens with floating cinema on the Seine

With an unusual alternative to indoor movie theatres in the time of COVID-19, Paris Plages has this year opened with an an open-air cinema set on the banks of the River Seine. (July 21)

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Parisians enjoy a stroll on the banks of the Seine River | AFP

Parisians take advantage of the banks of the Seine during a spell of good weather, while trying to respect the rules of social distancing. IMAGES

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Paris joggers, cyclists return en masse to banks of the Seine | AFP

On the first weekend post-lockdown Parisians make the most of Spring sunshine to stroll, bike or jog along the banks of the river Seine, which have been reopened having been closed during confinement to help combat the spread of Covid-19. IMAGES

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Paris riverbanks quiet on holiday weekend during lockdown | AFP

In Paris, during the first three-day weekend in May, the banks of the Seine are mainly empty as France experiences its 47th day of lockdown in the fight against coronavirus. IMAGES

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Central Paris deserted on 41st day of confinement | AFP

It’s not your average Sunday in the heart of Paris. With the sun out in full force and temperatures rising, it’s the perfect day for a stroll along the Seine. But amid a nationwide lockdown, the city centre is largely deserted. IMAGES

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Coronavirus: Central Paris virtually deserted on 16th day of lockdown | AFP

On the morning of the 16th day of lockdown in France, the banks of the river Seine in Paris and the city’s districts remain virtually deserted.

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Paris ducks enjoy a night out as lockdown keeps humans indoors | AFP

As France continues its confinement, wildlife is claiming some of the space back. Ducks are no longer content to simply stay along the Seine river, they now wander the quiet streets of Paris as seen on Friday evening near the Comédie Française theater. IMAGES

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A drive through the deserted streets of Paris on seventh day of confinement | AFP

Place de l’Etoile, place de la Concorde, the banks of the Seine: the squares and main streets of Paris where traffic is usually dense are almost deserted, on the 7th day of confinement, in the middle of the coronavirus crisis. IMAGES

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Paris shuts down more public spaces as part of Covid-19 lockdown | AFP

Paris Police Prefect Didier Lallement announces a ban on any movement or gathering on the banks of the Seine, as well as on the lawns of the Esplanade des Invalides and the Champ-de-Mars in Paris. SOUNDBITE

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Paris’s Louvre museum still closed over staff coronavirus fears | AFP

The Louvre in Paris, the world’s most visited museum, continues to turn tourists away as staff refuse to work because of coronavirus fears. The Louvre, near the banks of the Seine river in central Paris, received 9.6 million visitors last year, most of them foreigners including Americans, Chinese and Europeans. IMAGES

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Hundreds of paddle boarders take part in Paris race | AFP

As dawn broke in Paris this morning, early birds were surprised to see hundreds of stand-up paddle boarders navigating the Seine. The intrepid paddlers were taking part in the 10th edition of the Nautic Paddle, an annual competition billed as the largest paddle race in the world. Competitors braved the darkness and drizzle as they paddled along the Seine River between Bibliothèque nationale de France and the Quai de Javel.

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Paddle boarders invade the Seine in Paris | AFP

As dawn broke in Paris this morning, early birds were surprised to see hundreds of stand-up paddle boarders on the Seine. The intrepid paddlers were taking part in the 10th edition of the Nautic Paddle, an annual competition billed as the largest paddle race in the world. Competitors braved the darkness and drizzle as they paddled along the Seine River between Bibliothèque nationale de France and the Quai de Javel. IMAGES (more to follow)

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Thick smoke in Northern France after chemical plant fire | AFP

Thick black smoke billows over the northern French town of Rouen after a spectacular fire broke out at a chemical factory, leading authorities to close schools and warn about possible pollution of the nearby Seine river. IMAGES *COMPLETES VID1390703_EN*

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New ‘Sea Bubbles’ tests on the Seine ahead of commercial use | AFP

‘Sea bubbles’ are being tested again on the Seine river, in Paris, ahead of a possible commercial use. The ‘flying boat’ was recently approved for private transportation and its developer signed a convention allowing them to transport tourists in Paris.

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Parisians and visitors cool down in French capital fountains | AFP

Parisians and visitors attempt to cool down by dousing themselves in water in the French capital’s fountains near Trocadéro, across the Seine from the Eiffel Tower. A dog is seen frolicking in the water as well. Temperatures are expected to reach 40° C later in the week. IMAGES.

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Eva Longoria struts her stuff in Paris

(1 Oct 2018) Cosmetics brand L’Oréal takes over the Seine with celebrity ambassadors including Eva Longoria, Andie MacDowell and Elle Fanning walking a makeshift catwalk. (Oct. 1)

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