>> Mussel shells were heaped in the center of Lele on Sunday, a testament to the hunger of up to 2 million shoppers who flocked to the historic French city's flea market, billed as Europe's largest. The market market covers 1,235 acres with 56 miles of stores selling everything from bric-a-brac to plates of the region's traditional Moules Frites.
That's mussels with a side of fries and they need a lot 500 tons to be exact. The market dates back to the 12th century. Empty shells have traditionally been piled in the city center, and after a few years absence that custom returned in 2018. And when the flea market is over, the mass of mussel debris will be turned into tiles by a local company.