LILLE, France,(Pakistan Point News - APP - 5th Augst,2016) - One of Europe's biggest flea markets, in the northern French city of Lille, has been cancelled over security fears in the terror-hit country, mayor Martine Aubry said Friday. "We have really tried our best, but there are risks we cannot reduce," Aubry told a news conference alongside Michel Lalande, the top government official in the region. Lille's most popular event, held the first weekend of September each year, attracted nearly 2.
5 million visitors in 2015. Cancelling this year's Grande Braderie de Lille was a "painful decision", Aubry said. Lalande said the decision was necessary because of the "hyper-urban format (of the market) with its streets full of people." He added: "There comes a time, despite our passions and our convictions, when we have to say stop." The Lille flea market is the latest event to be called off in a string of cancellations following last month's Bastille Day truck massacre in the Riviera town of Nice that claimed 85 lives following a fireworks display.
Many traditional and cultural festivities have been either downsized or cancelled altogether, with Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian saying the series of jihadist attacks in France put the country in a "war situation". "Everyone must understand that we are in this situation and that sometimes that entails constraints," he said. France has been struck by a series of terror attacks over the 18 months that have left the nation on edge.