Parisians flock to painters’ haven of Barbizon for breath of fresh air
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After two months of lockdown and with the French capital's gardens still shut to the public, Parisians starved of nature are flocking to the picturesque village of Barbizon, a gateway to the vast forest of Fontainebleau and a magnet for art lovers. Relieved by the sudden influx of visitors, local business owners are now hoping for the prompt return of foreign tourists, who made up more than a third of all visitors before the pandemic. FRANCE 24’s Jonathan Walsh and Emerald Maxwell report.