This great popular demonstration was scheduled for September 5 and 6. A “merchant’s clearance sale” will however take place the same weekend.
It is considered to be the big clearance sale in Europe. The Braderie de Lille is a giant garage sale which traditionally takes place on the weekend of the first Sunday in September. This year, it was to take place on September 5 and 6. But it is canceled due to the health situation due to the Covid-19, announced this Monday the northern prefecture and the town hall.
“In view of” the ban on all gatherings beyond 5000 people and “the uncertainties about the health situation at the start of the school year, we regret having to announce the cancellation of the Braderie 2020,” said in a press release. the prefect Michel Lalande and the mayor PS Martine Aubry, narrowly re-elected end of June.
A “merchant’s clearance sale” will however take place the same weekend. The mayor of Lille worked there in connection with the federation of commerce and representatives of merchants and “will detail the modalities soon”.
Up to 2.5 million visitors from previous editions
Each year, the city of Lille is transformed into the capital of China, residents, second-hand dealers and antique dealers sharing the small streets and sidewalks to sell vinyl records, furniture, dishes or even old school cards. Previous editions had brewed up to 2.5 million visitors from all over France and abroad for this great popular event.
In 2016, it should already have been canceled because of the terrorist threat after the July 14 attack in Nice. It was then the first cancellation of the event in 70 years and a “tear” for the town hall. It then returned in 2017 to a reduced area, which had grown in 2018, accompanied by a large security system comprising 3,000 police, gendarmes and soldiers, air resources and a reinforced rescue service.
But there have been uncertainties since the start of the Covid-19 epidemic. Last April, in full containment, Martine Aubry had initially deemed “difficult” the holding of this popular demonstration in September. She then assured, in mid-June, “wish that the Braderie could be held normally in September”, but only “if health security allows (tait)”.
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