The Lille Braderie, a giant city-wide flea market, took place on the weekend of 6 and 7 September 2014 in Northern France. The weather was lovely and though not everything was sold, Emmaus groups enjoyed highly visibility. They were able to give out information about the aims and work of the groups in attendance. Just to remind you, three branches of Emmaus were represented: communities (Community branch), friends’ committees (Solidarity economy and inclusion) and the Abbé Pierre Foundation (Social action and housing branch). Other notable features of this year’s event:
- The Dunkerque group made coffee and crepes as a solidarity gesture for migrants trying to get to England,
- The La Halte Saint Jean group, which provides accommodation for families with children, took part in this event!
The Braderie was, in every sense, a great success! Emmaus-style solidarity sales are all the rage this autumn!