Citing security concerns, the emblematic green boxes that line both sides of the river Seine must be taken down as a safety measure, the Paris city hall said in July.
Paris’s booksellers, however, do not share the public authorities’ concerns, and are petitioning against the removal plan. The petition already has over 120,000 signatures.
“Booksellers are to Paris what gondoliers are to Venice. You can’t imagine Venice without its gondoliers or Paris without its booksellers,” the president of the Paris booksellers cultural association, Jérôme Callais, told FRANCE 24.
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