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Windmill is back on Paris’s Moulin Rouge after bad fall with broken blades in April

The Moulin Rouge, the famed Paris cabaret, has restored its iconic windmill after its blades broke and fell to the ground in April

Amelia Nierenberg London Published 09.07.24, 07:55 AM
French Cancan dancers perform in front of the Moulin Rouge to inaugurate the restored windmill in Paris

French Cancan dancers perform in front of the Moulin Rouge to inaugurate the restored windmill in Paris File image

The moulin is back. The rouge never left.

The Moulin Rouge, the famed Paris cabaret, has restored its iconic windmill after its blades broke and fell to the ground in April. The construction was finished weeks before the Paris Olympics are set to begin — and before the flame passes by on its relay route through Paris on July 15.

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“We wanted to be ready for this special moment,” said Jean-Victor Clerico, the managing director, whose family has run the cabaret since 1955, adding, “The Moulin Rouge without the blades? It’s not the same.”

The cabaret, whose name means “red windmill” in French, has stayed open through the repairs. But it had stood functionally topless since April, when parts of the lettering also fell. No one was injured; a spokesperson blamed a mechanical problem.

For two months, the Moulin Rouge raced to remount the aluminum blades, pushing a metalwork company to work quickly to meet their deadline.

Finally, right on schedule, the cabaret celebrated its full return to glory Friday evening with a street show. As the bright neon lights on the windmill flicked back on, a crowd of about 1,500 people burst into cheers, Clerico said.

Dancers performed the cancan — an emblem of the city, — in blue, white and red costumes. Clerico said the outdoor show was only the second time that the cabaret put on a cancan on the street.

New York Times News Service

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