Sport Covid-19: Strasbourg Christmas market, Dunkirk carnival ... These canceled events

15:50  22 october  2020
15:50  22 october  2020 Source:   lexpress.fr

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La maire (EELV) de Strasbourg Jeanne Barseghian a annoncé que la ville renonçait à son marché de Noël traditionnel fin 2020. © AFP The mayor (EELV) of Strasbourg Jeanne Barseghian announced that the city was giving up its traditional Christmas market at the end of 2020.

This is yet another event deeply impacted by the progression of the epidemic of coronavirus . The mayor (EELV) of Strasbourg Jeanne Barseghian announced on Thursday that the city was giving up its traditional Christmas market in the face of the worsening of the health situation , by removing the usual 300 chalets but maintaining entertainment.

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"I made the decision to favor the scenario without chalets" while maintaining "Strasbourg, the capital of Christmas" with the big Christmas tree in Place Kléber, in the heart of the city, "animations" or "wanderings of artists "she said at a press conference.

The "incidence rate has exceeded 300 in Strasbourg" and therefore "the maximum alert threshold", argued the mayor of Strasbourg who expects the State to take "more stringent measures (. ..) in the next few hours or days "for the Alsatian capital. "Strasbourg is not in a bubble", she noted while "in the rest of Europe, the restrictions are increasingly strong and in particular in Germany".

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At the beginning of October, the Alsatian capital still hoped to maintain its Christmas market centuries old, at the cost of adaptations for face the health crisis. Normally, the event organized for 450 years and which was canceled only during periods of wars attracts some two million visitors in a month around more than 300 wooden chalets with economic benefits estimated at 250 million d 'euros. Before Strasbourg, Paris, Bordeaux as well as the German cities of Cologne or Friborg, had already announced the cancellation of their Christmas markets.

The Agricultural Show also victim of the

epidemic Tuesday is another popular event that had been canceled due to the coronavirus epidemic: the carnival of Dunkirk . It was to run from January to April 2021. "Faced with the rapid deterioration of the health situation in recent weeks, the mayors of the agglomeration have decided in responsibility to cancel the carnival bands and the herring throwing organized by the municipalities ", writes the city of Dunkirk in an press release.

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"Despite the implementation of reinforced health measures in agreement with the Prefect of the North at the end of September, the coronavirus is progressing in the department of North and in Dunkirk, with an incidence rate of 254 per 100,000 inhabitants observed on October 13 for our agglomeration by the Regional Health Agency. This rate places the territory above the maximum alert level ", specifies the town hall.

The 2021 edition of the Salon de l'Agriculture , which was to be held in Paris from February 27 to March 7, was also canceled on October 13 due to the epidemic, but the general competition for agricultural products and public debates will however be maintained. "It is our responsibility (...) to state as early as possible our decision, which is to postpone the Agricultural Show until the following year, while maintaining in Paris and in various cities events including farmers need "during that week, said Jean-Luc Poulain, president of the National Center for Agricultural Competitions and Exhibitions (Ceneca), owner of the show.

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The general competition, which judges around 12,000 French agricultural and food products each year, from honey to wine, whose finals are held during the duration of the show, will be "maintained" with the agreement of the Ministry of Agriculture, and could be held "in different provincial towns". Animal competitions are postponed until 2022. In addition, one or more national debates on the development of agriculture and food will also be held in Paris, probably around the theme of food sovereignty. The Agricultural Show, the largest exhibition in France, was held at the last minute in early 2020 just before the start of containment linked to the Covid-19 epidemic. It had welcomed 540,000 visitors against 650,000 in previous years.

The Salon Livre Paris 2021, which was to be held in March, is meanwhile postponed by two months to be organized from May 28 to 31, 2021, the organizers announced last Friday. "Aware of the evolution of the Covid-19 epidemic, the National Publishing Union and Reed Expositions France have decided to postpone the next edition of the show, which will be held in Paris, Porte de Versailles, from 28 to 31 May, "they said in a statement. The 2020 edition had already been canceled, a decision taken on March 1, less than three weeks before the opening, while the epidemic was progressing very quickly in France. The 39th edition, in March 2019, attracted more than 160,000 people.

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