Fairground workers block roads in protest against Christmas market cancellation

Fairground workers block roads in protest against Christmas market cancellation

The Christmas market in Champs-Elysees has been cancelled

Monday, November 6, 2017

Fairground workers blocked roads in Paris in protest against a decision made by Paris City Hall to cancel the Christmas market today (November 6).

Marcel Campion, a man nicknamed the "king of fairground workers," had previously warned the city about the protest should the Champs-Elysees Christmas Market be cancelled.

The protest started at around 6:30am today (November 6) causing traffic jams on the outskirts of the city of roughly six miles. It is thought there were around 60 people taking part, according to The Local.

Officials had already announced that the market would be cancelled during the summer. Campion had called for this to be reconsidered.

Local media claims the reason for the cancellation is due to an argument about the market's contract and whether it was supposed to be a two or six-year deal.

Campion also warned that protests will continue until the market is officially back on.

He said: “We don't want compensation, we want our jobs. Most people here do not have a cheque waiting for them at the end of the month."

It is thought up to 2,000 people will be out of work without the market.

It is not yet clear whether officials may organise a market with another organisation instead.

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