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Energy crisis: municipal monuments extinguished at night in Paris from this Friday


The Paris City Hall, the Saint-Jacques tower, the fourteen municipal museums and the district town halls will cease to be lit at 10:00 p.m. from this Friday due to the energy crisis.

Among the most imposing monuments of the capital, the Hôtel de Ville was until now lit up until 01:00 in the morning.

The Eiffel Tower too, which will now be turned off when the last visitor leaves at 11:45 p.m., as the mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo announced on September 13.

This winter, the Champs-Elysées will also be less illuminated: the Christmas lights will be turned off from 11.45 p.m., compared to 2 a.m. in previous years, and will be removed from January 2, a week earlier than planned.

Shopkeepers and brands are also invited to turn off their windows and screens between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m., a measure which “must be generalized before October 15”, according to the Champs-Elysées Committee, which brings together brands from the famous avenue.

This is not yet the case for the capital’s bridges, where the end of ornamental illumination can be achieved if it is compatible with safety requirements for river navigation.

The City of Paris will also lower the temperature in its buildings by one degree, including the water in its forty swimming pools.

From 19°C, the thermometer will thus drop to 18°C ​​in the buildings during the day, and to 12°C when they are unoccupied in the evening and on weekends.

This application will not concern places welcoming vulnerable people, such as accommodation establishments for dependent elderly people (Ehpad) and nurseries. It will be “progressive, depending on the quality of the building”, underlines the town hall.

Energy prices have risen sharply in recent months amid tensions over the Russian invasion of Ukraine. In many countries, individuals, companies or public bodies are seeking to reduce their consumption.

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