None of the views of Paris are beautiful to look at—a far cry from the postcard-perfect pictures that we are used to seeing of the city. These straightforward images of streets and markets would be nothing special to look at, if it weren’t for the truly comforting power these photos possess. It’s exactly because they aren’t carefully shot and edited that they’re able to reassure photographer and viewer alike that normality will reassert itself.

Perhaps those who are sharing the videos and images are moved by the same sentiment of those who are watching them: The urge to know that the City of Lights is coming back.

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