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Bettel buys his school books for the year
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Bettel buys his school books for the year

16.09.2015 From our online archive
Prime Minister Xavier Bettel was seen on Tuesday with a stack of school books under his arm, having visited the book market or “Bichermaart” on the Capital’s Place d’Armes.

(ADW) Prime Minister Xavier Bettel was seen on Tuesday with a stack of school books under his arm, having paid a visit to the book market or “Bichermaart” that has taken place in the Capital’s Place d’Armes at the start of the school year for over 30 years.

But why does Bettel need school books? “So I can see for myself what's in the school programme” he explained. The PM seemed to have a particular penchant for history and non-fiction. "The book market is a good initiative for all students who cannot afford new books. In addition, it is great for seller to be able to pass on their books”, he stated.

Many students set out their stalls in the city centre, "It's a win-win situation for sellers and customers”, said 17 year-old Judy and 14-year old Ilse who spontaneously decided to come from Echternach to the capital.

18-year-old Gilbert had a profitable day at his stand, "I reckon I earned about 200 euros in the evening. For each of these textbooks I asked about ten euros, as they are still almost like new”.

"More visitors than last time"

Books in good condition and helpful notes provided with them, proved particularly popular with buyers. 18-year old Christian tried his luck on another stand and explained how he had a positive experience. "This year the book market in Luxembourg City is much better organised and rainproof tents were provided. Also today there were more visitors than last time."

The "Bichermaart" organisers, CNEL ("Conférence nationale des élèves du Luxembourg") certainly offered visitors this year to chance to make some good deals.

Those who did not manage to make it to this year’s event in the City can head to Diekirch on Saturday where a similar market, “Books, Music and More”, takes place.

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