Europe's 'Capital of Sleep' Extends Party Hours

After being accused of being party-unfriendly, Paris and other French cities have been officially allowed to keep their dance clubs open as late as 7 a.m.
December 31, 2009, 7am PST | Nate Berg
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"An Internet petition warns that the City of Light has become "Europe's capital of sleep" -- and complains that musicians, DJs and partiers are heading instead to London, Barcelona, Prague and Berlin.

In a bid to bring them back, government proclaimed last weekend that dance clubs across France can now stay open until 7 a.m., later than has been allowed in many parts of the country."

Some officials hope the extended hours will help French cities regain their status as party spots, and reduce late-night binge drinking on the streets after the clubs close.

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Published on Wednesday, December 30, 2009 in Salon
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