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Paris bistros and terraces feel endangered, seek UN status

/ 09:33 PM June 11, 2018

In this photo taken on June 7, 2018, Pierre-Christophe Hantz poses in front of his restaurant, Le Vaudesir, in Paris, France. AP

PARIS — Paris’ bistros and terrace cafes have launched a campaign to be recognized by the United Nations’ cultural agency as a French way of life they consider endangered.

Two-and-a-half years after extremists shot at people relaxing in outdoor cafes during the Nov. 13, 2015, attacks, bistro owners have created an association to seek UNESCO “intangible cultural heritage” status.

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They said Monday Paris bistros are threatened by increasing rents and competition from lounge bars, fast food and more expensive restaurants — and their number has halved in the past 20 years.

They argue bistros play a key role in bringing people of all origins, religions, social classes and age together in a cheap, open place to drink a coffee or share a meal.

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The association hopes to see its candidacy examined next year by UNESCO.

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