Parisian bars open all night for the opening and closing ceremonies of the Games

Parisian bars open all night for the opening and closing ceremonies of the Games
Parisian bars open all night for the opening and closing ceremonies of the Games
STEFANO RELLANDINI / AFP Four Parisian nights will allow you to consume alcohol until the end of the night during the period of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

STEFANO RELLANDINI / AFP

Four Parisian nights will allow you to consume alcohol until the end of the night during the period of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

PARIS 2024 JO – The Olympic party. Drinks will flow freely in the streets of Paris on the occasion of the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games due to an order from the Paris police prefect unveiled this Wednesday, July 3.

According to this decree taken by Laurent Nuñez, bars will be exceptionally authorized to remain open all night in Paris during the opening and closing ceremonies of the Games.

A decision based on the fact that the holding of the Games “is part of a series of free festivities organized by the city of Paris, outside of competition sites”he explains within this document. “The exceptional nature of the opening and closing ceremonies of the Olympic and Paralympic Games” is an argument also put forward by Laurent Nuñez to justify his choice.

Enough to bring to four the number of evenings where alcohol (and not only) will flow without limit in the capital. Establishments that sell alcoholic beverages will therefore be able to remain open on the nights of July 26 to 27 and August 11 to 12 for the Olympic Games. For the Paralympic ceremonies, the dates to remember are August 28 to 29 and September 8 to 9.

Takeaway sales concerned

Introduced to promote a festive atmosphere in the French capital, this decree also provides for authorizing the take-away sale on public roads of drinks and fast food products for these same dates and times.

On the other hand, it does not exempt owners and operators of drinking establishments from strict rules. In particular those concerning disturbances to public order due to this festive atmosphere until the end of the night.

The Paris police prefect notes in this regard that the 15,000 operators in Paris “remain, even in this exceptional context, guarantors of the preservation of public order within their establishment”.

An announcement that should logically make many people happy in Paris during the summer. Which should not be the case for the associations of residents of the capital, who had already spoken out against a decision by Anne Hidalgo in March. Droit au Sommeil, the Vivre Paris network, which brings together neighborhood associations, and Pour une ville désirable had in fact protested against the permission of the mayor of Paris to serve until midnight, denouncing a “disregard for the health of local residents”. Normally, permission to serve does not exceed 10 p.m. in Paris to limit nighttime disturbances.

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