The pharmacie, a distinctly French institution, bears little resemblance to a CVS or Walgreen’s. You go to the pharmacist when you want prescriptions filled but also to consult the pharmacist for the appropriate over the counter medications for whatever ails you and these they dispense with abundance. Seriously, I have friends who go in looking for symptom relief for the garden variety winter cold and come out with five different products. There’s not a whole lot else to buy there — high end creams, soaps, and lotions and medical supplies, maybe — but definitely no sodas, candy, school supplies, or magazines.
Pharmacies coordinate to make sure that there is always one in the neighborhood open on Sundays. (The writing “7 jours/7” on this sign indicates that it is open every day of the week). When the green lights are on, you know that the doors are open for business. The blue lights on this sign show that this particular pharmacie also stocks veterinary medicines.