French mayor defies coronavirus measures with giant Smurf rally


The mayor of a small town in north-west France justified holding what may be the worlds largest rally of people disguised as Smurfs, the elf-like fictional cartoon characters who livein mushroom shaped houses in the forest, attracting a crowd of more than 3,500 despite a ban on gatherings of more than 1,000 people to counter the spread of coronovirus, saying 'we must not stop living'.  

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A looming sense of unease spread across Europe during the weekend as once-bustling cities were placed on lockdown, officials worried about shortages of face masks, and the number of people infected with the novel coronavirus grew to over 7,000, reports The Washington Post.