Coronavirus: Golden youth are celebrating – and Europe is holding its breath | News


“Let’s all go to St Tropez!” Urged a Parisian magazine this month after the coronavirus lockdown in France ended and hordes of young French sun seekers eagerly heading to the Mediterranean to relieve themselves of confinement.

A little too eagerly, as it has since turned out, the jewel of the French Riviera jet set has become what seemed like a chilling example of how not to behave in a pandemic. Hundreds of revelers gathered around the villa pools and took to private beaches. Social distancing has been ignored; there was hardly a mask in sight.

“This is how the clusters [of infection] were born, ”another magazine said in an article about the seaside shenanigans that in another summer might have been titled“ Kids Have Fun ”. The general attitude of French revelers


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