In France, throughout lockdown, the situation let us think that there will be a before and an after coronavirus. So, as the country is launching the first containment exit phase, we are getting closer to the day we saw the first drafts being drawn these exclusive 55 days.
If the coronavirus epidemic causes human losses and let us see an upcoming economic crisis, the reduction of activity led to a dramatic decrease of the pollution and all around the plant, phenomena showed that nature was recovering. Facts inspired us to restart in the best conditions for the environment.
Throughout confinement in France, eating organic and local seemed to have been more important on a daily basis. Some people even discovered they love cooking and have been more thorough when picking up ingredients. Others have been willing to support the local economy. In Paris, inhabitants even noticed that eating local could also match affordable groceries.
This growing interest in short circuits and quality ingredients, the Collège Culinaire de France [France’s Culinary College] seemed to have noticed it and unveiled a map highlighting the initiatives suiting this committed way of eating.
Lockdown and the difficult times going with it also led its share of worries in French on lockdown. On the occasion, some turned to more relaxing practices such as meditation or slow workouts such as yoga. In the French capital, prior to the crisis, we noticed an increasing interest for CBD that already conquered Los Angeles: the capital inaugurated the first CBD cocktail bar earliers this year and two cooks also held a 4-hand-dinner around it, as another one has decided to serve CBD-based milkshake. During confinement, CBD-water has even been sold for the first time in France.
All around Paris and the greater Paris, places have appeared, defending a new way of living. Zero-waste, slow-fashion, upcycling, their blooming has been accompanied by a curious lexicon that was revolving around a new lifestyle. In an open letter, they have called for imagining the days after confinement as an opportunity to reviewing our way of consuming.
Mobility seems to be about to transform. We must say that with the coronavirus crisis, the air traffic has dramatically dropped, so much that many airlines have been grounded. But will the sector fly at the same levels than in the world before?
Air France airline, struggling because of the health crisis, is enjoying a 7-billion-euro aid from the State. Yet, in return for this rescue, the airline must implement eco-friendlier commitments, for instance, they will have to renounce to domestic flights from the capital to cities set under 2h30 by train.
In Ile-de-France, at the end of lockdown, the capital extends its bikeway network, reopens the tunnel under the Arc de Triomphe to devote it to more environmentally sustainable transportation means… And as Paris is refusing to see an intense car traffic resume and since public transportation at peak hours are now reserved for travelers holding a certificate, the wheel of fortune seems to turn for alternative transportation such as bicycles and electric scooters.