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Coronavirus forces cancellation of Paris fashion weeks: statement

FILE PHOTO: Models present creations by designer Virginie Viard as part of her Fall/Winter 2020/21 women's ready-to-wear collection show for fashion house Chanel during Paris Fashion Week in Paris, France, March 3, 2020. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

PARIS (Reuters) - Organizers have canceled the men’s and haute couture fashion weeks in Paris because of the coronavirus outbreak, organizers said.

“In light of the spread of the COVID-19 epidemic worldwide, strong decisions are required to ensure the safety and health of (fashion) houses, their employees and everyone working in our industry,” the Federation de la Haute Couture et de la Mode said in a statement.

The events were due to take place in late June and early July. The federation said it was working on possible alternatives.

Reporting by Richard Lough; editing by Jason Neely

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