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Toulouse Christmas market was a “failure"

France 3/Scoop, Dec 27

The Christmas market at Toulouse is being reported as a “catastrophic failure” for the exhibitors.

The market was open from November 23 to December 26, chalets costs between 5,000 and 9,000 euros for the duration. There are 117 chalets.

Exhibitors have taken stock, and some of them are reporting a loss of 70% from last year.

They are attributing the loss to the repeated protests by the gilets jaunes, the protests by high school students, the lack of transport, closure for several days after the Strasbourg market attack, and bad weather.

All this did not encourage Toulouse residents and tourists to come and do their Christmas shopping. Often the market aisles were deserted, and the traders are depressed and some are very angry. Some claim that they have barely covered their costs for the month.

To compensate for the loss, the Toulouse City Council has made a gesture by offering them a refund of between 200 and 300 euros. But despite this, some traders do not plan to take a chalet next winter.

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