Mélina Facchin 6:12 p.m., November 30, 2021, modified at 6:12 p.m., November 30, 2021

Is the Strasbourg market threatened? The state threatens to crack down and asks the bride and groom to make an effort. The prefect of Bas-Rhin deplores in fact that the sanitary rules in force on the Strasbourg Christmas Market are not sufficiently respected, calling on the town hall to make a "big communication effort" on the subject and threatening to close some chalets.

Four days after the opening of the Strasbourg Christmas market, it is already a mess on the health plan.

The barrier gestures are not sufficiently respected and the Prefect of the Bas Rhin is angry.

She summons the town hall this Tuesday evening to issue a warning.

On paper, the rules are clear: mask compulsory throughout the Christmas market and to eat or drink, you must go to demarcated areas, with sanitary pass.

Only here, few visitors respect these measures, deplores the prefect of Bas-Rhin Josiane Chevalier.


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"I myself have seen that in front of some chalets, people were crowded together so quite the opposite of what to do. People really need to understand the rules to maintain the Christmas market", deplores -t-elle on Europe 1. The prefect would like in particular that there are more zones of restoration, better indicated.

And then that traders force their customers to consume in the right place.

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Easier said than done for Sassi Ben Mourdi, pretzel and waffle seller.

"We are there to work, we are not there to police at the base. After we are willing to put our own but we can not put the knife to the throat of people. And then, when there is has 50 seats for 1,000-1,500 people, wait an hour and a half with a mulled wine to go and drink it… The problem is that it will be cold on arrival. do more than that, ”he says. 

Still, the penalties, they will indeed begin to fall, warns the prefect: 135 € if you eat your pancake anywhere.