A look back at Paris under lockdown

By Susan Owensby - RFI
Europe A look back at Paris under lockdown
MAY 16, 2020 LISTEN

Nearly a week after France began easing its Covid-19 lockdown, we're back online in the Sound Kitchen! This week, the answer to the quiz question looking back at Paris's ban on outdoor activity during confinement. There's “On This Day”, great music, and of course, the new quiz question. Just click on the “Audio” arrow above and enjoy!

Hello everyone! Welcome back to The Sound Kitchen weekly podcast, once again published every Saturday. A hearty “thank you!” to all of you who so kindly continued to watch The “Quarantine” Kitchen videos on Facebook during confinement.

Now you'll hear The Sound Kitchen as you have always known it, with the quiz, the winners and all the other ingredients you're accustomed to: your letters and essays, “On This Day”, quirky facts and news, interviews, and great music…so be sure and listen every week.

And once again, thanks for continuing to be a part of The Sound Kitchen !

For the time being, Paris Live, our afternoon news broadcast, is still off-the-air. We will let you know as soon as we can safely bring it back to you. Thank you all for your patience, and for your support of the English service during this difficult time.

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To join the RFI Listeners Club, just write to me at [email protected] and tell me you want to join, and I'll send you a membership number. It's that easy. When you win a Sound Kitchen quiz as an RFI Listeners Club member, you receive a premium prize.

This week's quiz: On 11 April, I asked you a question about Paris' lockdown. Earlier that week, Paris authorities added something new to the list of banned activities, and I asked you to tell me what that was.

The answer is: Jogging, between the hours of 10 in the morning and 7 in the evening. To quote my colleague Mike Woods' RFI English web article:  “ 'We've seen there are too many people in the streets', said Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo, underlining that the idea was not to ban exercise, but to cut down on the number of people in public at times when residents are also shopping and working.”

The winners are: RFI Listeners Club members Ralf Urbanczyk from Eisleben, Germany; Radhakrishna Pillai N from Kerala State, India; Alan Holder from Britain's Isle of Wight, and Jayanta Chakrabarty from New Delhi, India. From Muzaffargarh, Pakistan, there's Saira Abid Khokhar, who is a member of the Sungat Radio Listeners Club.

Congratulations winners!
Here's the music you heard on this week's program: “Quincy's Home Again” by Quincy Jones, performed by the Harry Arnold Orchestra; “The Flight of the Bumblebee” by Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov; Prelude from Suite No 1 for cello, BWV 1007, by Johann Sebastian Bach, transcribed for lute and performed by Hopkinson Smith, and “Being Alive” from Company, by Stephen Sondheim and George Furth, sung by Raul Esparza.

Do you have a musical request? Send it to [email protected]

This week's question ... You'll have to listen to the show to participate. You have until 15 June to enter this week's quiz; the winners will be announced on the 20 June podcast. When you enter, be sure you send your postal address in with your answer, and if you have one, your RFI Listeners Club membership number.

Send your answers to:
[email protected]
Susan Owensby
RFI – The Sound Kitchen
80, rue Camille Desmoulins
92130 Issy-les-Moulineaux
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