The Champs-Élysées Christmas market in Paris has been cancelled by City Hall Councillors. It is considered the city’s main Christmas market and welcomes 15 million visitors every year.
According to a spokesperson of the City Hall, the French capital “wants to focus on offering visitors and Parisians more attractive and innovative events that will enhance the Champs-Élysées in a cultural and aesthetic dimension in keeping with this exceptional site”.
Since 2008 this market in Paris has been organized by Marcel Campion but due to a long-term dispute the contract was terminated this year. According to Jean-François Martins, Deputy Mayor in charge of tourism at City Hall, the “market wasn’t good enough for Paris.”
But Mr. Champion denies that the market sells poor quality goods: “We have a six-year contract with the city which is being called into question after only two years”.
Isn’t it strange that a city that organizes special Ramadan parties every year can’t organize a relatively simple Christmas market? Or is there something else going on?
Should the words of cultural and aesthetic dimensions actually be interpreted as: the market has to be more modern, multi-cultural and cosmopolitan, code words for less Christian?
In a city with almost daily Muslim street prayers and a yearly Ramadan party, this comes as no surprise to anyone.