On Saturday, thousands of people dressed as Smurfs gathered in Landerneau, France to try to break a world record. The mayor of Landerneau defended the decision to hold the rally despite concerns about the coronavirus pandemic.Were they worried?
More than 3,500 Smurf cosplayers gathered over the weekend in an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the largest group of people dressed as Smurfs. Last year, the award was given to a group of 2,762 who gathered for a carnival in Lauchringen, Germany.
"We figured we wouldn't worry and that as French people we wouldn't give up on our attempt to break the record, and now we're champions of the world!" One attendee told the AFP news agency. "There's no risk — we're Smurfs! Yes, we're going to Smurfise the coronavirus!"
"It was more important, the coronavirus is no big deal, it's nothing," another said. . . .
On Tuesday, Landerneau Mayor Patrick Leclerc defended the decision to hold the event, which he said was necessary to alleviate the "ambient gloom" around the country. "We must not stop living. It was the chance to say that we are alive," he told AFP.