AP PHOTOS: Bookseller retains Paris plush with teddy bears

A bookshop proprietor has discovered a strategy to maintain individuals in Paris feeling plush through the miserable days of the coronavirus pandemic: big teddy bears

Philippe Labourel has been lending out outsized stuffed animals since October 2018. Because the pandemic reduce quick public life within the French capital final yr, the bookseller’s bears have been noticed sitting at a bus cease and in outlets to remind prospects of social distancing guidelines.

“Don’t ask me why I did it within the first place, however I made a decision to mortgage the bears all over the place to make individuals smile,” Labourel mentioned.

At as much as 2.5-meters-tall (over 8 toes), the teddy bears trigger individuals to cease and stare in marvel.

Labourel’s bookshop and “bear cave,” is located within the Gobelins district, within the south of Paris. The bear-giver maintains a mysterious air so as to add to the sudden delight that comes with encountering one in all his cuddly creatures.

He mentioned he has acquired many extra bears since final yr, however won’t say from the place or what number of make up his delicate arsenal.

“Because the virus, I’ve been giving them out to many areas throughout the town,” Labourel mentioned. “I’m making an attempt to present youngsters a bit little bit of pleasure. It’s an enormous success.”

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