A renowned annual flea market in northern France has been cancelled due to security fears.
The city of Lille has cancelled its famed Grande Braderie de Lille flea market, with Mayor Martine Aubry describing it as a “painful decision” but saying people’s safety is the top priority.
“We have really tried our best, but there are risks we cannot reduce,” Aubry told a news conference alongside Michel Lalande, the region’s governing head.
Lalande said the “hyper-urban format [of the market] with its streets full of people,” left them no alternative but to cancel the event for this year.
He added: “There comes a time, despite our passions and our convictions, when we have to say stop.”