Paris foodie event cancelled over lack of security

The Local
The Local - [email protected] • 17 Aug, 2016 Updated Wed 17 Aug 2016 16:53 CEST
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A culinary show planned for the end of September in Paris has been cancelled for security reasons, its organizers said on Wednesday. This is the latest in a long line of events to be called off over terror fears as the country remains under a state of emergency.


'Street Food Temple', a gastronomic event in its third year, was scheduled to take place between September 23rd and 25th. Tens of thousands of people were expected at the Carreau du Temple, a covered market in the city's third arrondissement, for the occasion.

"Securing the entire area and maintaining conditions of comfort for the visitors while limiting as much as possible disturbance to the locals have proved to be extremely complicated in the context of the security measures affecting all public events," said organizers, according to BFMTV.

Several cultural events have been cancelled since the attack on Nice on July 14th, when a man drove into crowds celebrating Bastille Day with a truck. Immediately after the attack, Nice cancelled its Jazz Festival and several upcoming concerts.

Paris, still reeling from November's attacks, has pulled the plug on numerous summer events due to worries over security, including an open-air cinema, a car-free day on the Champs Elysee and a basketball tournament.

And across the country, other large events been called off, including one of Europe's biggest flea markets, the Braderie de Lille, a seafront fireworks display in Brittany and an air show in Marseilles, with organizers and local police saying they are concerned about keeping large crowds of people safe.

However, several events have gone ahead, albeit with ramped-up security measures, for example the Bayonne Festival and Paris Plages event.

READ MORE: Is France 'letting the terrorists win' by cancelling events?



The Local 2016/08/17 16:53

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