The annual market, which dates back to the twelfth century, attracted 2.5 million visitors over two days in 2015.
Aubry said that "risks we cannot reduce” prompted her to cancel this year’s edition. “It’s heart wrenching just to make this decision,” she added.
France is still reeling from a terrorist attack in Nice on Bastille Day, the country’s national holiday on July 14, when man drove a truck into a crowd gathered for a seaside fireworks show, killing 85 people.
The Islamic State group claimed the attack by a Tunisian-born man who was a resident of the city, who was shot dead by police.
Two weeks later a teen who had travelled to Syria and claimed allegiance to the IS group killed an elderly priest as he was about to give Mass.
The announcement in Lille follows other similar cancellations, including a fireworks show in the western city of La Baule and an air show in Marseille.
(FRANCE 24 with AFP)
Date created : 2016-08-05