PARIS — France will start to get rid of its coronavirus blues Sunday with the cinema opening on the stroke of midnight and thousands of people took to the streets for its midsummer festival of music.
The annual Music Festival usually brings millions of people in towns and cities across the country with a mix of large-scale events, and the impromptu concerts in cafés and on street corners that disappear in the night.
But this year, there are some big game extravaganzas beyond what French electronic music legend Jean Michel Jarre has billed as the world’s first live virtual “avatar” in concert “like in The Matrix.”
The veteran performer hopes to do better than the lock concert performed by the U.S. rapper Travis Scott on the inside of the shooting game Fortnite in April, which was watched by over 12 million players.
Social distance means that the Agreement of the Arena in Paris will be able to accommodate 2,000 fans — a tenth of its normal capacity — for a show featuring a stellar line-up of French-speaking talent.
While gatherings of more than 10 persons are still banned in France, ministry of culture has said that the police would be tolerant to the outside of the jamming sessions at night if people keep their distance.
Have rushed to the terraces of their cafés and restaurants at the beginning of this month, millions of French are also waiting with impatience for the cinema to reopen on Monday.
The Casinos also welcome players from Monday, while the stadiums and race tracks reopen on the 11th of July, subject to a maximum of 5 000 persons, the government on Friday announced the end of, due to progress in the fight against COVID-19.
Red carpet and champagne
Some movie theaters will start screenings on the stroke of midnight to celebrate the return of the big screen, with a close to the avenue des Champs-Elysées in Paris, hosting a red-carpet champagne preview screening of “Scents” (Perfumes), with Emmanuelle Devos and Sergi Lopez.
France is one of the most cinephile countries in the world. A survey earlier this week said that 18.7 million people — nearly a third of the population — plan to go see a movie in the next few months.
“I have only one word: finally!!!” Emmanuel Delesse, one of the directors of the cinema chain UGC, told AFP he is ready to reopen the group of nearly 400 theatres.
He said cinemagoers will have to wear a mask in the queue for tickets and in the hallways.
The authorities have also insisted on the fact that the cinema can never be more than half with a chair on each side of each filmgoer.
But with the French as well as Hollywood producers after having set the back of the release of some of their greatest films, there may be very little of the new rates to see.
Instead, film fans will have to settle for films like “De Gaulle”, a biopic of the France-in-chief in time of war, the publication of which was interrupted by the lock.
However, a handful of likely Hollywood blockbusters are already on the horizon for the month of July, directed by Christopher Nolan thriller “Tenet,” about a spy who must stop the third World War broke out, and Disney’s Chinese historical action epic, “Mulan”.
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