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Yet bistro tradition is beneath risk, warned Alain Fontaine, the group’s head and proprietor of the Masturet bistro, close to town’s former inventory trade.
Paris now has lower than 2,000 bistros among the many capital’s 14,000 eating places, that means they’ve dropped from round 30 per cent 20 years in the past to 14 per cent at the moment, he mentioned, citing hovering rents in Paris but additionally highly effective foods and drinks chains.
“For the previous ten years, the bistros and terraces of Paris have been dropping floor to sandwich sellers, quick meals joints and unique eating places, they usually take with them an artwork de vivre, a way of sharing and an ethnic, spiritual and social combine,” mentioned Mr Fontaine.
Foreigners would lose out too, he mentioned, as a result of “vacationers don’t solely come to see the Eiffel Tower or the Louvre museum, they’re right here to satisfy the folks of Paris on our terraces,” he mentioned.