Covid-19 lockdown reveals many faces of Paris suburbs
24 April 2020 | 7:00 am
Since the start of the lockdown due to the Covid-19 pandemic in France, the situation for those living in the poorer suburbs or "banlieues" around Paris is far more difficult than for those living in wealthier areas with larger accommodation. So what does the lockdown really look like in Paris's suburbs? As our team reports, the situation varies from town to town, but many residents are showing solidarity, often by organising home deliveries of food parcels to the most vulnerable.
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