Paris: the Moulin Rouge has found its wings again

Paris: the Moulin Rouge has found its wings again
Paris: the Moulin Rouge has found its wings again

The Moulin Rouge has regained a look that the whole world knows. The famous cabaret, who had seen his wings fall off at the end of Aprilinaugurated its blades on Friday evening, in front of several hundred delighted tourists and neighbors. “The mill without its blades is a void for Paris, it was just sad,” rejoiced the general manager Jean-Victor Clerico. “The idea was to be there for the Olympic Games. We did everything we could to put these blades back in place.”

The four red blades, a mixture of aluminum and steel, were adorned with their gold and red illuminations to thunderous applause, restoring the nighttime landscape at the foot of the Butte Montmartre to the vision adored by tourists. However, they did not turn, as the mechanical operations could not be completed in time for the date set for July 5.

A bottle of champagne was uncorked and served in paper cups. A French Cancan show was performed in the middle of the boulevard by about twenty dancers, both male and female, in traditional skirts and frills. “I live in the neighborhood and the Moulin Rouge has been part of my life for 65 years. People come to see the show, drink champagne at Michou’s. I’m a fan of dancing, French cancan, bubbles, and good humor,” enthuses Nicole Doucin, 86, in the front row behind the security cordon.

“I heard about the opening on Tik Tok. I’ve always wanted to come here, but knowing that it’s so expensive, it’s so cool to be able to attend,” says Autumn Mannsfeld, a 25-year-old tourist from California. “It’s a slice of Paris,” she adds, delighted. In jeans but already made up for the next show, which starts at 11:30 p.m., a dancer watched her colleagues perform in the street: “It’s iconic, for us, a historic moment, and it’s as cool to dance as it is to watch it from here,” she comments.

The Moulin Rouge wanted new wings for the passage of the Olympic flame in front of the famous establishment on July 15. On April 25, the cabaret, which will celebrate its 135th anniversary in October, woke up without its wings, which fell off during the night for an unknown reason, without causing any injuries. The letters M, O and U, located on the facade, also fell. At the end of April, the management had stated that it could rule out any “malicious act”.

“The Moulin Rouge was deeply moved by all the messages of support and kindness received from around the world following the event that night,” its management wrote in a statement. This legendary venue, a temple of the cancan, known throughout the world and immortalized in particular by the Baz Luhrmann film (2001), had remained open to spectators since the accident.

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