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A year of shutdown: the stories of life on furlough in France

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A French restaurant sign announcing “It’s closed”, “Come back quickly!”. © Frédéric Scheiber/Hans Lucas/Hans Lucas via AFP A French restaurant sign announcing “It’s closed”, “Come back quickly!”. © Frédéric Scheiber/Hans Lucas/Hans Lucas via AFP

For a little more than a year now, the succession of on-off lockdowns and restrictions on public and economic activity have severely disrupted the personal and professional lives of many millions in France, notably for those placed on furlough. Mediapart asked readers to provide their personal accounts of the long months deprived of work and largely confined to their homes. Cécile Hautefeuille presents here a selection of the stories that came back; some are sad, some are funny, and nearly all have an underlining theme of a questioning of the sense of their lives and jobs.

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