Paris cancels its Christmas market for not being good enough

Andrew Munro 13 November 2017

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Christmas is cancelled.

If you were planning on visiting Paris over Christmas, you'd better not be going for the Champs-Elysées Christmas markets or Roue de Paris ferris wheel.

And if you were, France is disappointed in you.

Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo announced the cancellation of the Christmas markets back in June, but followed it several months later by announcing that the Roue de Paris, which has been a fixture since the year 2000, would probably be seeing its last new year in 2017-2018.

But even if the big wheel does get a stay of execution, it certainly won't be staying in the historically significant French Revolution site of Place de la Concorde.

According to Jean-François Martins, a representative from City Hall, the reason for the Christmas market cancellation is that it was "not good enough for Paris," and that Place de la Concorde needs to rediscover "the character of its heritage." It's significance stems from being the site of the royal family's execution during the French Revolution, but it's safe to say that any replacement decorations will lean more towards the tasteful-fountain than the bloody-diorama side of the decorative spectrum.

If the Roue de Paris isn't considered part of Parisian history after 17 years then the Eiffel Tower, which was bitterly controversial in its day, might also find itself slated for removal again.

Fortunately, if your holiday plans included a Français Noël blanc, you're not entirely out of luck. There are still plenty of other Christmas markets to enjoy, and there's certainly no shortage of other things to do in Paris.


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