A year of Covid-19: the stories from an apartment block in Meaux

By and Fanny Monier (illustration)

As 2020 draws to a close amid the continuing coronavirus pandemic, Mediapart knocked on the doors of the inhabitants of an apartment block in the town of Meaux, east of Paris, to ask them about their experiences living through a year unlike any other. The lurking threat of the virus was of course a constant angst, but for many, it is the social and economic consequences that have marked them, and which leave them fearful for the future. Mathilde Goanec reports (illustrations by Fanny Monier).  

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There are 18 apartments in the building block that overlooks the small Georges-Brassens square situated in the centre of the town of Meaux, about 40 kilometres, as the crow flies, east of Paris.