Life, Or a Way of Life?

France cancels public events over terrorism concerns.

One of the aims of terrorists is to alter the way of life of the country in which they live and kill: to sow fear, mistrust, and timidity. In this regard, they have just scored an important victory in France.

For hundreds of years (dating back to the twelfth century, in fact), the city of Lille has held an annual jumble-sale, or flea market. Last year, 2.5 million people attended, and 10,000 sellers participated, coming from a radius of 60 miles. This year, for the first time since the Second World War, Lille has cancelled the event because of security concerns.