Monday, January 11, 2010

Paris' dead nightlife

Apparently Paris is getting boring (at least according to the New York Times). Here's why:

A sampling of the city’s problems: densely packed, mixed-zoned neighborhoods; a lack of late-night transportation (the last metro leaves at 2 a.m. on the weekends, 1 a.m. during the week); and an unwieldy tangle of rules and regulations on bars and nightclubs, applied with uncommon zeal by a “repressive” police force. [...]

All of these tensions, though, have been exacerbated by the 2008 tobacco ban, which has sent legions of smokers onto the sidewalks at all hours of the night. Noise complaints and fines have increased sharply, club owners say; the Paris police prefecture declined to provide statistics.

This bit is funny/sad:

The club is currently facing another potential closing after the police discovered there was dancing there in October; Mr. Simon does not hold the required license.

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