Every winter for the last 25 years, Roma circus company Cirque Romanes has set up its big red tent in Paris’s 16th arrondissement, putting on its final show of the season in spring before roaming around the rest of the country performing for the summer.
In recent years, however, the company has found it harder to find places to put on a show outside the French capital – and they think they know why.
He said the company’s application for permits in the French cities of Lille, Strasbourg and Rennes have this year been denied, with authorities citing the size of their tent and the number of their vehicles as grounds.
But Romanes believes the rise of populist and national opinions in France, and their increasing acceptance in the political mainstream, is what is really to blame…
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