Bordeaux: Mayor cancels Christmas trees in city

The ecologically-minded mayor will not decorate Bordeaux with “dead trees” this festive season, he has said, claiming they go against his “concept of re-vegetation” for the city.

11 September 2020
Branches of a Christmas tree with wooden decorations. The mayor of Bordeaux has canceled Christmas trees in the city for 2020.The mayor's plans to replace Christmas trees have been met with opposition online, with some saying he is "killing" traditions.
By Joanna York

Mayor Pierre Hurmic announced yesterday (September 10) that the town hall will replace traditional Christmas trees with "live displays" this year. 

In a press conference, he said: “We will not put dead trees in city squares. I have memories of this dead tree that we used to bring in every year...That is not at all our concept of re-vegetation.”

Mr Hurmic is a member of the green Europe Ecologie Les Verts (EELV) party. When elected mayor, he declared a “state of climate emergency” in the city, and announced plans to “re-vegetate” areas in the city centre before the end of 2020.  

One of these areas is Place Pey Berland, the large square in front of Bordeaux cathedral where the city’s largest Christmas tree usually stands. 

The mayor also plans to implement a “charter of rights for trees” that will specify rules for their protection.

Christmas tree ban met with opposition

Mr Hurmic’s announcement has been met with opposition online, with one Twitter-user writing: “The Christmas tree brings children joy, and no “live show” will be as good at capturing the magic of Christmas.”

Another posted a photo a past Christmas tree in front of the Cathedral and asked: “Why kill our traditions?” 

 

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