Paris revives century-old wait-staff race forward of Olympic Video games

Usain Bolt’s sprint world records were never in danger, but even the world’s fastest human likely wouldn’t have been so quick while balancing a tray with a croissant, a coffee cup and a glass of water through the streets of Paris, without spilling them everywhere.

France’s capital resurrected a 110-year-old race for its waiters and waitresses — the Course des cafés.

The dash through central Paris celebrated the dexterous and, yes, by their own admittance, sometimes famously moody men and women without whom France would not be France.

Why? Because they make France’s cafes and restaurants tick. Without them, where would the French gather to put the world to rights over drinks and food? Where would they quarrel and fall in, and out of, love? And where else could they simply sit and let their minds wander?

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