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Questions, Answers and Applause: Paris Neighbours Ease Lockdown Blues with Quiz from Balconies

Noam Cartozo, a Parisian comedian, hosts a daily quiz 'Questions for a Balcony' with his neighbours from his balcony in Paris. Picture taken April 8, 2020. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

Noam Cartozo, a Parisian comic, hosts a each day quiz ‘Questions for a Balcony’ along with his neighbours from his balcony in Paris. Picture taken April 8, 2020. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

This nightly quiz is how the residents of Rue Saint-Bernard of Paris, are relieving the boredom and isolation of a coronavirus lockdown.

  • Reuters
  • Last Updated: April 10, 2020, 11:13 AM IST

Paris: “What country’s flag has a yellow cross on a blue background?” Noam Cartozo shouts out of the fifth-floor window of his Paris residence. “Sweden!” comes the shouted reply from one other residence window and applause ripples by way of the road.

This nightly common information quiz is how the residents of Rue Saint-Bernard, within the 11th district of Paris, are relieving the boredom and isolation of a coronavirus lockdown that’s now practically a month previous.

It has unfold past the road. Cartozo, an actor and comic who hosts the quiz, broadcasts it on his Instagram account, with one video garnering 1.1 million views.

“I saw that the neighbours were looking a bit sad about the confinement,” mentioned Cartozo, who comperes the quiz with rest room rolls festooned round his neck, a satire on the coronavirus-related wave of panic shopping for seen in some cities.

“I wanted to create a bit of atmosphere in the neighbourhood to help with all of that,” he instructed Reuters.

France this week turned the fourth nation on the planet to cross the edge of 10,000 coronavirus-related deaths. Officials say the lockdown is slowing the outbreak however the restrictions is not going to be eased anytime quickly.

Cartozo hit on the thought for the quiz after Paris residents began rising on to their balconies at Eight p.m. every evening to applaud healthcare staff coping with the epidemic.

Keen to lengthen that second of connection, Cartozo began enjoying music for the road.

“But I noticed I was the only one dancing,” he mentioned. “In the end I decided to give them a series of questions, and the game took off.”

The quiz pits folks whose home numbers have even numbers, on one facet of the road, towards these with odd numbers. Prizes embrace rest room paper and pasta.

Neighbours admire the diversion.

“It makes the days seem shorter,” mentioned one resident, Laura Coles, who was collaborating within the quiz on Wednesday night.

“It’s good to talk to people, to laugh with people,” mentioned her daughter, Lou.

Cartozo has dubbed the nightly quiz “Questions for a Balcony,” a play on the title of long-running quiz present on French tv, “Questions for a Champion”.

Yet regardless of touchdown his personal hit present, the performer mentioned he was eager for it to finish.

“We all want to get out, we want to see our friends and families again. The shorter this game is, the better it is for everyone,” Cartozo.

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