From one season to the next, the baker at 134, rue de Turenne, in the Haut Marais, went from the status of hero, like all his colleagues (during the first confinement) to that of an offender, even a delinquent (today 'today).

His crime? Having let three customers into his store instead of just one on Thursday February 11 when – let's remember – the thermometer that day showed minus 4 degrees in Paris.

The police headquarters therefore decreed a fifteen-day administrative closure! With this strong argument: certainly, Benjamin Turker's bakery measures 24 square meters, which theoretically authorizes him to welcome three customers in his shop. But – and this is very subtle – the space occupied by the furniture is not taken into account in this footage. Which reduces the store area to 8 square meters! An aberrant calculation that the playwright Georges Courteline would have appreciated...

In any case, the Tout Autour du Pain bakery remains closed for two weeks. And it doesn't matter to the official behind the decision if the employees of Tout Autour du Pain risk finding themselves unemployed.

Fortunately, Benjamin Turker's other address, rue de Saintonge, right next door, has reopened its doors to continue its activity, despite the bureaucratic ukase.

If Parisians lack baguettes and country bread, the prefect of Paris Didier Lallement can always say, like Marie-Antoinette: “Let them eat brioche!” »

Text: Katia Barillot
Photos: ©Axel G

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