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“There are still a lot of people”


It’s 8 p.m., curfew has sounded and track 4 Z from Châtelet-les-Halles station, towards Creil, seems to live in another time zone. “There are still a lot of people”, notes Christophe, while waiting for a train from the RER D to Fosses (Val-d’Oise). He is employed by a large commercial company in La Défense which draws its curtain at 8 p.m. “I totally understand the curfew, he continues. But it would be nice if everyone respected him. I don’t know if all these people work… ” Checks made, incivism does not reign in the bowels of the capital. This sporty-looking young man with a backpack? “I am a soldier, I am going back to the barracks in Saint-Denis. If I’m outside at this time of day, it’s because I’m working. “ And that other passenger, who listens to music under his cap? “I do shelving”, he said: he fills the shelves in the evening, in this period of frenzy of Christmas shopping.

As for this lady sitting with plastic bags, she doesn’t hang out in Châtelet-les-Halles after an afternoon of shopping: “I am a carer. The curfew, when you work, it is not easy. ” She returns to Goussainville (Val-d’Oise). “Afterwards, I have the bus or I walk home”, she adds. “I can’t go home before, it’s impossible”, also assures this employee of an Ehpad, who is patient a little further. There is not a shadow of a police officer to check if these women and men are violating the health injunction of the government or have a certificate. “I have never been checked, notes Christophe. It was the same during the first confinement. ” His train is approaching. He will arrive at his destination at 9:26 pm The life of a commuter worker in times of curfew.

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