Every child in France went back to school the first week of September. The French call it la rentrée—literally, the return—and it means more than the return to school.
It’s the time when vacations end, everyone goes back to work, and shops and businesses which may have been closed during the long summer holidays return to their normal schedules. Here on the Côte d’Azur, the summer visitors go home. The lines at the grocery store are shorter, and it’s easier to park. The villages have a feeling of settling back into routines. And the schools reopen their doors.