Paris — As the world grapples with the Zika virus outbreak, France is in the midst of an annual festival celebrating the country’s rich heritage.
The Paris Carnival, a tradition dating back to 1660 that celebrates French culture and is part of the city’s history, is an annual event that attracts more than 3.3 million visitors and draws in thousands of local residents.
It is often followed by a festival celebrating Paris’s rich history.
“We are a country that is more than a country,” Mayor Christophe Castanet told AFP news agency, referring to the festival.
For many, however, the festivities are a reminder of a time before France was a European power.
Castanet said that, even today, “our culture and our history is a gift from the French people.”
A woman holds a picture of her mother at the Carnival in Paris, France, April 13, 2020.
During the carnival, visitors come dressed in their best costumes, including a sartorial mashup of the costumes of a colonial-era French princess.
And while they are not allowed to wear face coverings, they are allowed to display signs of their French identity on their chests and necks.
French President Emmanuel Macron is hosting a meeting of the nation’s leaders and will host a reception for French guests at the Elysée Palace, the French capital’s most exclusive hotel.
The festival has become a popular destination for tourists from all over the world to enjoy.
Many of the carnivals take place during the months of March, April and May.
The Carnival of Light, held in the French Riviera city of Nice, has attracted more than 300,000 visitors.
In recent years, many of those tourists have come to the city to enjoy the festival and the many activities that take place in the area, including horse racing, bungee jumping and horse shows.
“You don’t want to leave because you don’t have to, you don-t need to leave the country,” said Alain Chambra, who has been visiting France since he was a child.
“You can get a taste of the French culture, the language, the cuisine, even the culture of the people who live here.”
The Carnival of Lights, in Nice, France.
Chambra said he had never seen anything quite like the Carnival of light.
Carnival of light at the Grand Palais, Paris, in Paris.
While the French have long had a rich tradition of festivals, it is a unique event that only a small number of people are familiar with, said Emmanuel Bauvais, a professor of French at the Université de Liège in Belgium.
A French woman poses at the foot of the monument to Saint-Germain-des-Prés, which is one of the four churches that mark the spot where the French Revolution was launched, in central Paris, on April 8, 2019.
Bauvaises said that many of the visitors from other countries feel that they have to “learn” French.
When they visit the French city, they feel they have no choice but to learn French and so they often forget their French heritage.
“For a long time, French culture has been the language of the elite, and they are really worried about it,” he said.
France has also seen an influx of people from the United States and Europe, with more than 6,000 people coming to France for the festival each year.
“I feel that if you don, you have to leave,” said Nino Chilcott, who came to Paris from San Francisco last year for the carnivale.
“But you don’ have to go because it’s beautiful.”