Gas heaters are installed outside French cafes to keep the customers warm while they sit outside.
STREET HEATING IN LILLE.
SV. Workmen climbing ladder with gas heater. SV. Heater being fixed. & CU. SV. Heater pan to G.V. of street. Angle shot of heater. SV. Angle shot of heater. SV. Cold Frenchman at end of road pan to types playing cards in shirt sleeves CU. Pan cold looking Frenchmen in overcoats. SV. Types playing drinking pint of Beer. SV. Overcoated crowd. CU. Girl in beach suit on chair on pavement putting on sun tan lotion (I presume!) Pan to Gas Poster. & SV.
(F.G.) (Orig 'D')
Note: cute! According to narrator these were originally intended to keep visitors to the International Fair in Lille nice and toasty.