PARIS (Reuters) – “What country’s flag has a yellow cross on a blue background?” Noam Cartozo shouts out of the fifth-floor window of his Paris apartment. “Sweden!” comes the shouted reply from another apartment window and applause ripples through the street.
This nightly general knowledge quiz is how the residents of Rue Saint-Bernard, in the 11th district of Paris, are relieving the boredom and isolation of a coronavirus lockdown that is now nearly a month old.
It has spread beyond the street. Cartozo, an actor and comedian who hosts the quiz, broadcasts it on his Instagram account, with one video garnering 1.1 million views.
“I saw that the neighbours were looking a bit sad about the confinement,” said Cartozo, who comperes the quiz with toilet rolls festooned around his neck, a satire on the coronavirus-related wave of panic buying seen in some cities.
“I wanted to create a bit of atmosphere in the neighbourhood to help with all of that,” he told Reuters….
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