Disinfo: Paris cancels the annual Christmas markets, instead, it will only hold Ramadan


According to a municipality spokesman, the French capital wants the Champs-Élysées to focus on the aesthetic and cultural dimension in the Christmas season, reflecting the uniqueness of the location. Marcel Campion, who has been organizing this Christmas market since 2008, has prevented the deterioration of the quality of the markets, and he does not understand why the city management has decided to cancel them. It is strange that the city organizes a celebration of Ramadan but will not organize one simple Christmas market.


These kind of disinformation stories regularly appear as Christmas approaches euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=Christmas&disinfo_issue=&date=, . There is no link between the decision to renew the Christmas fare and Ramadan. For the past nine years, 77-year-old Marcel Campion, known as "king of the fairground" has been in charge of the event but in the summer Paris City Council voted unanimously not to renew the deal with Campion. "Paris wants to host a Christmas market on the Champs-Elysées, but we want to take the time to reflect on the best solution for Parisians and tourists," a City Hall spokesperson told Le Parisien. www.thelocal.fr/20171108/why-there-wont-be-a-christmas-market-on-the-champs-elysees-this-year, .


  • Reported in: Issue 88
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 15/11/2017
  • Language/target audience: Czech
  • Country: Czech Republic, France
  • Keywords: Islamisation, Christmas


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