The traditional Lille clearance sale has turned this year, coronavirus obliges, into a clearance sale for traders.

Despite the absence of stalls, amateurs have however regained a little of their habits.

Bar owners are suffering from the closure of bars from midnight to 6 a.m. on Friday. 


Coronavirus obliges, the traditional Braderie de Lille was canceled this year and replaced by a clearance sale of traders.

The regulars came, but there was no crowd or traffic jam as is often the case.

For Bruno and Mylène, the feeling is shared.

"We thought it was going to be really sad. It's not the same, but we find the atmosphere a bit," he said at the microphone of Europe 1. 

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There is no stall or pitcher on the floor: nothing is displayed outside, everything is done in the store.

"This is not a traditional clearance sale. We did not unpack on the sidewalk, we do not have our neighbors who come in with their old pots to sell and with whom we have a great time. It is normally a species. Giant Neighbors Day! But overall it's still a great edition, "says Pascal Debliqui, president of the Esquermoise Commercial Union. 


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The traders are quite satisfied, but the bar owners blame it.

Friday, the prefect of the North had decreed the closure of bars from midnight to 6 a.m. in the night from Saturday to Sunday in Lille, the circulation of Covid-19 intensifying.

An injustice for Zina, manager of a bar rue Royale.

"It's ridiculous, it's still a party weekend. I have no problem in my bar, people put on the mask. I don't understand."

For some bosses, this early closure could lead to a loss of a third of the turnover compared to last year.