Coronavirus cuts off France's Mont Saint-Michel

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With France under virtual lockdown the famous landmark off the north-west coast, which usually draws more than 2 million visitors a year, lies empty except for 30 local residents whose restaurants, souvenir shops and cafes depend on the influx of tourists.

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The sound of prayer flowed around the centuries-old abbey atop the Mont Saint-Michel, a tidal islet amidst vast sandbanks off France’s northwest coast, drifting down towards its deserted alleyways and past empty restaurants, reports Reuters