REPLAY. "Lille, the biggest sell-off in the world"


The Braderie de Lille is no longer present: every first weekend in September, hundreds of thousands of Nordics, French-speaking visitors and neighbors or foreign tourists pour into the streets of the capital of Flanders. In this context, France 3 offers you a special show "Lille, the biggest sell-off in the world" this Saturday, August 31 at 20:10.

Presentation: Thibaut Rysman and Virginie Demange
Director: Frédéric Fiolet

Everyone has heard about it, but not everyone knows the subtleties and other historical details. Revise your classics or, for the less familiar, discover the anecdotes that also make it famous.

The history of the Braderie from yesterday to today

History retains the date of 1127 as the first fair in Lille. A century later, the development of the Deûle can open the doors of the city to traders from around the Hexagon: once a year in late August, these traders were authorized to sell their products, new, without additional tax.

But the tradition of selling second-hand objects goes back to the 19th century according to Elodie de Vreyer, author of "The clearance sale: a Lille history" interviewed by Kamini in Les gens des Hauts. "The poverty of the workers of the time probably explains this evolution (…)

The streets are full of authentic oldies, shirts without collar and worn shoes. Lille is then a city where we celebrate, where we drink a little bit between two negotiations and a ride (…).

The big bourgeois press shunned this sellout of the nineteenth century, but the singers celebrated it. "
What makes the press come? The arrival of Pierre Mauroy alongside François Mitterrand as prime minister in 1981: a Lille in Paris, nothing like to motivate Parisian journalists to travel to Lille.

But who are the bradeux?

If the sellers booked their site by cranking the days before, today, you must register and do not settle who wants: priority to Lille, for whom the site is free, the rest to non -Lillois if a few linear meters of free remain.

The town hall states:

"Those who live on the streets that are licensed to sell can set up shop in front of their home, sharing the space with their neighbors if they live in a building.

Locations are also available to Lille, Lommois and Hellemmois residing outside the streets authorized for the clearance sale depending on the available places.

The cause ? The need to secure the Braderie, canceled in 2016 after the attacks in Nice.

Renilde, Hubert and Jean-Michel arrive from Villeneuve d'Asq. Old bargain hunters, they have been selling for seven years, at the same location in front of Hubert's old store. We met them place de la Bourse. This year, among the unusual objects, the trio sold pewter cats. But also a coffee grinder, always a success

Today, professional junk dealers and amateurs coexist on a hundred kilometers of sidewalks, haranguing the crowd in search of the providential buyer for their miner's lamp. The seller of the stuffed pheasant is delighted, he sold it 5 euros to Hugo. Coming from Lens with friends, he intends to offer it to his companion. With a ring to one euro.

The youngest – to understand the children – make their butter from their old legos at the Gare Saint Sauveur for the Children's Market. And some still plant their tent several days before the launch of the festivities, on the lookout for a specific object.

Why mussels and french fries?

If the Braderie shines by bargaining the price of the items that are sold there, it is also known for the reputation of his dish swallowed on the run: the famous mussels and fries. Plate typical of the region, considered popular and inexpensive, the mussels-fries is the subject, during the 48 hours of the Braderie, a contest of the largest pile of (shells) mussels.

The mussels would not always have been the dish, but they would have appeared after an epidemic suffered by the chickens that were sold previously roasted. In 2018, they were mainly imported from Zeeland.

But not all restaurateurs sold them at the same price. In 2018, we walked the streets of the Braderie to check price differences: between 10 and 18 euros, despite the calls of Martine Aubry to practice reasonable rates.

We met one of the managers of a bunch of mussels, Rihour Square. He explained to us what his mission of the Braderie was.

In a zero-waste perspective, mussel shells, once they have helped grow one of the mussel heaps, can be useful in turn and can be recycled to make stools.
They can also be used for tiling – more than 4 tons of shells in 2018 according to the town hall. And if you want to plunge back into the year with the scent of the week-end, you can always try to make your own mussels and chips yourself.

Visit our website Saturday, August 31 at 8:10 pm for a special show "Lille, the biggest sell-off in the world", presented by Thibaut Rysman and Virginie Demange.

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