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Over 3,500 People in France Gathered To Break World Record of “Most People Dressed As Smurfs” (Video)

Neither Gargamel nor the coronavirus could stop a record-breaking Smurf gathering in France.

More than 3,500 people painted their faces and hands blue, wore pointy white or red hats, and came together on Saturday in the small town of Landerneau in northwestern France.

The event came a day before the country banned gatherings of more than 1,000 people in an effort to contain the coronavirus.

The mayor of Landerneau, Patrick Leclerc, defended the gathering, saying it was necessary levity in a time of “ambient gloom.”

Rennes (France) (AFP)

“We must not stop living … it was the chance to say that we are alive” Leclerc said to AFP on Tuesday. “We figured that a bit of fun would do us all good at the moment.”

The world record for “most people dressed as Smurfs” was previously set in Lauchringen, Germany, when 2,762 people gathered in February, 2019.

People dressed as Smurfs, a Belgian comic franchise centred on a fictional colony of small, blue, human-like creatures who live in mushroom-shaped houses in the forest, attend a world record gathering of Smurfs on March 7, 2020, in Landerneau, western France. DAMIEN MEYER/AFP via Getty Images

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that people avoid crowds and stay home as much as possible during the ongoing crisis, yet many of the attendees were not swayed by the threat of the fast-spreading virus.

“We figured we wouldn’t worry and that as French people we wouldn’t give up on our attempt to break the world record,” one attendee said to AFP. “And now we’re champions of the world … we’re going to smurferize the coronavirus!.”

People dressed as Smurfs attend a record-setting gathering of the blue Belgian comic characters in Landerneau, France, on March 7, 2020. Damien Meyer/Getty Images

According to France 24, France reported a daily jump of 112 coronavirus deaths on Sunday taking the nationwide death toll since the start of the pandemic to 674.

The French director general of health Jérôme Salomon on Sunday evening told a press conference that the number of confirmed infections in France now stood at 16,018, compared to 14,459 from the previous day.

France's director general of health Jerome Salomon holds a press conference on Sunday March 22, 2020, to announce the latest developments in the fight against coronavirus. © France 24 screengrab

"The virus kills and it is continuing to kill," said Salomon.

Among the confirmed coronavirus cases, 7,240 have been hospitalised, of whom 1,746 were in intensive care with 35 percent of these aged under 65.

The Smurfs started life as a Belgian comic about a colony of small blue creatures. It was adapted into a TV series, released in 1981, and three movies in the 2010s.

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