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Since midday on Tuesday 17th March 2020 France has been in lockdown in an effort to slow down the spread of COVID-19. The entire population must remain at home, with any movement strictly controlled and fines for those leaving their homes for reasons not deemed essential.

Since the beginning of this quarantine, residents in Paris have been going out onto their balconies and front doors each evening at 8pm to applaud and cheer to pay respect to doctors, nurses and all those working in the health service helping to save lives every day. This moment of solidarity has become something that we Parisians look forward to each day and shows true appreciation we all have for the incredible work done by the health service workers. This recording captures the soundscape from my balcony, in the heart of central Paris.

Sony PCM A10 + 2 x LOM MikroUsi
Recorded 19.03.20