French restaurants have been battered by the Covid-19 pandemic

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As the Covid-19 pandemic continues, FRANCE 24 stands in solidarity with industries hard hit by the crisis. After dedicating a day of reporting to the struggling cultural sector – plagued by closures of museums and cinemas and a long interruption in live performances – FRANCE 24 turns to another industry which, in normal times, is part of the raison d’être of France: its Restaurants.

While restaurateurs in France see the horizon of the reopening of their establishments receding more and more – not expected before mid-February, Prime Minister Jean Castex said Thursday – FRANCE 24 presents French cuisine in all its forms and flavors, with reports and interviews from an industry eager to resume operations as usual.

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