The Mayor of Lille has cancelled La Braderie for 2016, amid security concerns. Europe’s biggest street market attracted 2.5m visitors in 2015, but following recent attacks and in light of the heightened terror threat authorities felt it best to cancel this year.

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From the Independent

Lille braderie: Biggest flea market in Europe cancelled amid security fears

The French city of Lille has cancelled La Braderie – the largest flea market in Europe, amid security concerns.

The huge annual event, which takes place on the first Sunday of September, will no longer go ahead due to fears it would be a terrorist target. 

Making the announcement at a press conference, the city mayor Martine Aubry appeared emotional as said the “were risks we cannot reduce. Therefore I think we must cancel the 2016 flea market.”

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From France24

Historic street market in northern France cancelled over security fears

The Socialist mayor of Lille said, “It’s heart wrenching to make this decision.”

“But to have sharpshooters on roofs at the market, riot police on each street corner and helicopters and drones flying overhead would not be in the spirit of the market,” explained Aubrey, who sought to run for president of France in 2012.

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