Marcel Campion, Paris funfair iconoclast, fights City Hall again and again

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France’s maverick of the midway may make a healthy living from carny concessions, bùt he isn’t one to make many concessions of his own. Campion’s fight to set ùp his imperilled Champs Elysées Christmas market for a 10th year rùnning has gone down to the wire after he filed an administrative tribùnal appeal against the city’s decision to cancel it.
The influential funfair tycoon also assembled enough carny cronies with lorries to disrupt traffic in go-slow operations around Paris to protest the perceived slight and called Mayor Anne Hidalgo “mentally deranged” on French television. Paris city government has essentially argued that the attraction, a 240-stall operation that organisers say draws 15 million visitors every year, is too downmarket for what the French capital touts as “la plus belle avenue du monde”.