On Wednesday April 6, the first night of the year at the Victor-Hugo market took place. A great success, however, disapproved by some cafe owners who are wronged.
With nearly 10,000 people, Wednesday’s night at the Victor-Hugo market was a great success. A return eagerly awaited by the people of Toulouse after two difficult years linked to the pandemic. “This animation seduced by its sharing and festive side, ensures a faithful of the evening. It is also an opportunity to promote local products and market traders. She responds to a request. Hence its success”.
“Strictly controlled entertainment, particularly in terms of alcohol licensing”
However, for the first time, this event, of which it was the 17th edition, aroused the bitterness of certain café owners: “It’s not a nocturne, it’s a feria where several exhibitors sell alcohol without authorization. . Moreover, that evening, all our customers go to the market while many of us are struggling”. Questioned, Gérard Calvayrac, president of the association of market traders, replied: “This animation which takes place three times a year, requires the authorization of the prefecture and the City. No stand sells alcohol without authorization. It is strictly supervised by a security service and respects closing times at 10.30 p.m.
The success of this night is part of the free competition of trade: “Besides, at the end, the public scatters to finish the evening in the cafes of the city center, assures Gérard Garcia, exhibitor. This night, which meets a need for Toulouse residents, therefore benefits everyone.