Bookseller keeps Paris plush with teddy bears

PARIS (AP) — A bookshop owner has found a way to keep people in Paris feeling plush during the depressing days of the coronavirus pandemic: giant teddy bears.

Philippe Labourel has been lending out oversized stuffed animals since October 2018. Since the pandemic cut short public life in the French capital last year, the bookseller’s bears have been spotted sitting at a bus stop and in shops to remind customers of social distancing rules. “Don’t ask me why I did it in the first place, but I decided to loan the bears everywhere to make people smile,” Labourel said.

More details on Thursday’s Borneo Bulletin