The Rue de Rivoli in Paris, closed off to most traffic except bikes. Lisa Bryant

France emerged from lockdown this week pretty much the way it entered — with blue skies and chilly winds in the capital, where Parisians savored newly found freedoms.
That is where the similarities end. While its curve is flattening, France’s coronavirus caseload has climbed to nearly 180,000, and masks are now part of everyday life. The Metro and roads remain half empty. And the government faces a monumental task of rebooting an economy crippled by two months of confinement.

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