Another Parisian, Auriane Gulessarian, said its return "means, not that it's the end [of COVID-19], but we are getting back to what life was before, in terms of proximity, social ties."
Even French President Emmanuel Macron, who has widely discouraged the population from la bise, has been seen greeting people with the famous kiss.
But not everyone in France is celebrating its return. Some women have previously noted that the social expectation to get close to strangers can often make them uncomfortable.
And the France-based British comedian Paul Taylor told Reuters that, with the options of a fist or an elbow bump now added to shaking hands or le bise, the room for confusion when greeting people had increased.