PHOTOS | The age-old Parisian book tradition that Covid is slowly destroying

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Francis, who celebrates working as a Bouquiniste for forty years this year, sets up his bookstall. (Photo by Kiran Ridley/Getty Images)
Francis, who celebrates working as a Bouquiniste for forty years this year, sets up his bookstall. (Photo by Kiran Ridley/Getty Images)

Bouquinistes are booksellers of used and antiquarian books along large sections of the banks of the Seine in Paris, France. 

These open-air bookshops have lined the Seine for hundreds of years, but since Covid-19 has strangled tourism around the globe the iconic green sidewalk stands are struggling to stay open.

Below their story in photos by photographer Kiran Ridley.

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PARIS, FRANCE - JANUARY 03: Customers browse the b
Customers browse the books at a Bouquinistes bookstall on the Left Bank of the river Seine on 3 January 2021 in Paris.
Fancis, who celebrates working as a Bouquiniste fo
Francis, who celebrates working as a Bouquiniste for forty years this year, stands in front of his bookstall.
PARIS, FRANCE - JANUARY 03: Fancis, who celebrates
Francis talks to a customer at his bookstall.
PARIS, FRANCE - JANUARY 03: Books for sale in a bo
Books for sale in a bookstall on the Left Bank of the River Seine.
PARIS, FRANCE - JANUARY 03: Fancis, who celebrates
Francis shows his ledger where he has sold €10 of books that day when he would normally sell €200.
George, who has been working as a Bouquiniste for
George, who has been working as a Bouquiniste for over 40 years, sits at his bookstall.
PARIS, FRANCE - JANUARY 03: Bernard Lefavre, who h
Bernard Lefavre, who has been working as a Bouquiniste since 1967, sets up his book stall on the Left Bank of the river Seine.

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(All photos by Kiran Ridley/Getty Images)

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