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#ExploreFrance Plex’eat Shields #LouvreChezVous Oignons & Croissants

This new Twitter Ba(a)zar is dedicated to France, its famous museums, its many places of interest and some creative ‘alternatives’ (you will understand what we’re refering to soon enough). The country is not under lockdown anymore but yet it’s still impossible to come from abroad to visit it. So until everyone will able to safely travel to France again, we selected tweets allowing you to (virtually) discover the country! ...


Artist pays tribute to supermarket cashier Aïcha Issaudonene

French Artist and photographer Roger Daniel Pérez pays tribute to Aïcha Issaudonene who died from the coronavirus. The 52-years old employee had worked for almost 30 years as a cashier at Carrefour Supermarket in Saint-Denis, a commune in the northern suburbs of Paris and she died on March 26 after contracting the virus. Issaudonene’s death triggered anger and shock, France was already on lockdown but many considered that supermarket workers were ...


Le Fooding guide launches ‘Plat de résistance’ in France

Lockdown in France has been lifted today allowing non-essential shops and businesses to reopen although bars and restaurants will remain closed until further notice; they have been fully shuttered since March 15 and their owners are reeling from the shutdown (read our post about online platforms J’aime Mon Bistrot, Sauve Ton Resto, Bar Solidaire). As a consequence, some of them are setting up food trucks and started takeaway services to help maintain a ...


New Banksy artwork pays tribute to health workers

Since the beginning of the Coronavirus pandemic and the lockdown, we shared with you on this website and on Twitter @SamaGazette several initiatives to support the amazing work done by health workers around the world. And if last month rats were larking around in Banksy’s bathroom, the elusive street artist is now honoring health workers. The artwork, entitled Game Changer, is paying tribute to National Health Service workers and is currently on display ...


da-eYe wears protective equipment against Covid-19

As you may already know (we mentioned him many times on the Sama Gazette), da-eYe is Max Dana‘s iconic character, and he was born in the mid-Eighties, on the walls of Paris/La Défense in France. da-eYe is facetious and waggish, renowned for his repartee as well as for his witty sense of humour, and his charming and easygoing nature. He’s our guy! Max uses her iconic character to bring awareness to important causes like when he was a barefoot ...


J’aime Mon Bistrot, Sauve Ton Resto, Bar Solidaire

Restaurants and bars in France have been hit hard by the coronavirus lockdown, and even if French government is in favour of the reopening of all retail outlets once lockdown is lifted, restaurants and bars won’t reopen on May, 11… The industry is seriously threatened and some establishments are in dire situation, many owners having very low cash levels. They had to lay off their staff and put their businesses into enforced hibernation. Hopefully ...


Lockdown in France and the upper class privilege

We are always interested in how life in France is perceived by foreigners living in the country, we regularly share articles here and on Twitter on that topic. Earlier this month, we read a very good post by Paris-based reporter for The Daily Beast, Erin Zaleski titled: The ‘Let-Them-Eat-Cake’ Lockdown Diaries. The title is a direct reference to the French phrase “Qu’ils mangent de la brioche” commonly attributed to Queen Marie ...


Rats are larking around in Banksy’s bathroom!

You know we love Banksy, and you might even remember (it was almost ten years ago!) when our buddy da-eYe (Max Dana’s facetious and waggish character) was looking for Banksy at the 2011 Oscars. Because of the Coronavirus pandemic, many countries are in lockdown and street artists have now to work inside their home. And Banksy makes no exception, so he worked from home by bringing his outdoor work inside, and it looks like a pack of mischievous rats ...


A man dancing in underwear and A Disco Dino in the streets of Paris

You read well, this Twitter Bazar post is kind of… special. When we saw these tweets we immediately thought we had to share them with you, they are bold and unexpected while the city of Paris is under lockdown. Let’s start with a video posted by Chantal Hoogvliet, a Paris based Fashion Producer who livestreams every day on Youtube a serie called “Paris on Lockdown Today” – a LIVE Vlog serie by Dutch Parisian Chantal. ...


Paris, a beautiful yet disturbing deserted city under lockdown

Last week we posted a news about the Eiffel Tower lighting up as a sign of solidarity with heathcare workers; this time it’s a video filmed by the Préfecture de Police of Paris and shared by Max Dana on Twitter capturing the emptiness of Paris. The City of Lights is empty quiet as streets are deserted during coronavirus lockdown. The feeling is kind of weird, to be honest… Paris is both beautiful and frightening, we are ‘at war’ ...






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