Religious services resume in France as restrictions continue to be relaxed

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In the midst of gel bottles and masking tape, the faithful returned to churches across France, where interior masses were authorized for the first time since the coronavirus lockdown was put in place almost ten years ago. weeks.

The reopening this week follows a High Court ruling that banning religious ceremonies is illegal.

“This is a truly joyful moment,” said Adele, a follower of Neuilly-Sur-Seine.

“We have been waiting for two months, to be able to be here, to commune with the body of Christ, it is important to me, to receive an inner strength. “

In Valencia, for their part, local elected officials returned to their debate room, where they held a minute of silence for the victims of the pandemic.

It was the first opportunity for those who won local elections in March to celebrate their victory.

“It’s like we’re going back to school in somewhat strange conditions,” said Renaud Poutot, Valencia sports consultant.

“We don’t have our bearings and it doesn’t look like reality. It’s like a kind of virtual reality waiting for the world to resume. “

A second round of elections will take place at the end of June in the constituencies where a second round is necessary.

France is one of the countries most affected by the global pandemic, with more than 180,000 confirmed cases and more than 28,000 deaths.

The country entered a strict lockout in March and began lifting restrictions on May 11.

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