The lights of the Eiffel Tower still sparkled, and the Moulin Rouge's iconic windmill kept turning. But people were required to stay indoors in the evening, despite an easing of lockdown measures.
The usually animated Place de la Republique or the Opera square were empty.
Tuesday brought new freedoms for people in France because it was the end of a stay-at-home order. This had meant that, around the clock, people could only venture out for a limited time and for essential trips, to shop, or to exercise.
But that was replaced instead with a nightly curfew. From 8:00 p.m until 6:00 a.m. people can only go out for work, on official business, or for medical reasons. Anyone breaking curfew is liable for a 135 euro ($164) fine.