LYON, France — For more than a year, Ogdensburg native Courtney R. Smith has experienced lockdowns, mask mandates, travel restrictions, curfews and even faced fines as the French government enacted its plan to control the spread of COVID-19, the virus that has gripped the world in fear and uncertainty since the spring 2020.

Smith, a 2004 graduate of Ogdensburg Free Academy, has lived in the French Alps from 2008-2016 and has since resided in Lyon, the capital city of France’s Auvergne-Rhone-Alps region that boasts over 500,000 people. She moved to France after being accepted as an English teaching assistant in France in 2008 and has been there ever since teaching English at elementary schools, worked as a hotel receptionist, a translator and now works for a company in the HVAC industry.

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