In the center of Lurcy-Lévis (Allier), a town of just under 2,000 inhabitants, the post office café and the pizzeria, meeting places for young people, are closed because of the confinement imposed to fight against the Covid coronavirus -19. The old station and the ponds are also deserted … And in this village with empty streets, Justine, 19, is starting to find time to be long. “Mentally, it’s complicated. See no one, no lessons, no nothing …”, she sighs. This second year medical student in Clermont-Ferrand has been taking her courses remotely for a month, confined in her parents’ house. “I admit that I don’t go out very much, she explains. We got used to staying locked up. Especially for the lessons, we tell ourselves that we are not going to get there since it is quite complicated to follow at a distance. “
I am a little locked in the house and it plays on the mind. So obviously, we no longer want to do nothing.Justine, 19 years old
To maintain the link with their friends, Cassandra and Romain, two young people from the village, each 23 years old, have chosen to turn to social networks. “Evenings are not the same, Cassandra concedes. In video, it has nothing to do! You can’t dance in video, it’s not user-friendly! And then, we are a little desperate: we look at each other, we tell ourselves that we would be fine, all together, reunited, go to a club … and finally, we find ourselves all alone behind our screen, a little isolated. ” Romain adds: “On avoid talking only about Covid-19 because already every day we think about it, we have the mask … “
It is true that being 20 years old at that time is not easy.Romain, 23 years old
Rachel has tested these virtual and confined evenings, but they are not enough for the young woman who allows herself some freedoms. “Sometimes I go out, I can make a certificate saying that I will take my dog out, but then I will see my friends, she admits. The first confinement, I lived it badly. I can’t stay with my family all the time. Because afterwards there are tensions. “
40 km away, in Moulins, the prefecture, the apprenticeship center trains young people in the trades of mechanics, sales, charcuterie and hairdressing. In front of the establishment, Eva and Tiffany, aged 16, enjoy being together.
“Get together and laugh, we can’t, she laments. And it’s true that, for teenagers, it’s a bit boring, let’s say. It locks us in a bit more. “ They say it: “We have the impression of missing our youth because afterwards, we enter working life, so we tell ourselves that we are missing something!”
In the small group, some allow themselves trips on the handlebars of their two-wheelers or meet in isolated places. But last week, one of them was fined 135 euros for non-compliance with containment.