After three months without concerts due to the coronavirus, France celebrated the Sunday of the Fête de la Musique as if the coronavirus was not yet circulating in the country.

The images of hundreds of young people concentrated in different parts of Paris attending street concerts without masks and without respecting the rules of social distancing have provoked strong criticism on social networks and in the media. They fear that as a result there may be a surge in the coronavirus in the capital, one of the areas most affected by COVID-19.

After three months without concerts due to the coronavirus, France celebrated the Sunday of the Fête de la Musique as if the COVID-19 was not yet circulating in the country.

The images of hundreds of young people concentrated in different parts of Paris attending street concerts without masks and without respecting the rules of social distancing have provoked strong criticism on social networks and in the media. They fear that as a result there may be a surge in the coronavirus in the capital, one of the areas most affected by COVID-19.

The French government had authorised the celebration of the Fête de la Musique on 21 June, a cultural event that has been held since 1982 and marks the beginning of summer in France. On that day, music traditionally floods the streets and the French dance and sing in street concerts in gardens and squares or in venues.

The Minister of Culture, Frank Riester, had considered it important to celebrate music, but had warned that establishments hosting concerts had to respect strict health and social distancing rules.

The images show that this has not been the case and all sectors criticize the government for having allowed this event when it is still not known with certainty how close (or far) we are to the pandemic and a possible second wave of contagion.

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