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Accor Group, the new owner of the Lido de Paris, cancels its famous cabaret show

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The dancers and the nightly cabaret shows of the famous Parisian club Lido, on the Champs-Elysées, are called to disappear after its new owner, the Accor group, confirmed massive layoffs.

The Lido, created after World War II, has attracted for more than seven decades with its racy dance shows, featuring towering women in feathers, high heels and little else.

Although it has tried to modernize its actions and adapt to the times, the venue has been losing money for years and changed hands at the end of 2021.

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The new owner, French hospitality giant Accor, told staff it would lay off 157 of the 184 employees, including its company of dancers, sources told AFP.

“The Lido is finished. All the artistic staff, that is to say about 60 people, will disappear,” said a union source, who requested anonymity.

Accor would intend to turn the venue into a venue for other music events.

Cabaret dances first appeared during the French “Belle Époque”, at the end of the 19th century, when the capital was a hive of artists.

The Moulin Rouge remains the city’s best-known spectacle, largely thanks to publicity for Bas Luhrmann’s 2001 film of the same name.

The COVID-19 pandemic dealt the Lido a severe setback, as restrictions forced it to temporarily close and also brought international tourism and travel to a standstill, alienating its main clientele.

Changes in animal welfare legislation also ended the presence of exotic animals.

And changes in attitudes toward women and nudity meant his show was seen as increasingly dated.

Source: Gestion

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