Down at Place Luxembourg, the Eurocrats, lobbyists, stagiaires and assorted hangers-on are accustomed to partying on Thursday nights like there is no tomorrow. Well, maybe there isn't. Rachid Madrane, the minister for sanitation and town planning in the Brussels regional government, has fired a warning shot, telling the partygoers to clean up their act, and has threatened to revoke the licences of the bars on the square.
The minister is unhappy that although he has reinforced the contingent of cleaning trucks sent to clean up Place Luxembourg on a Friday morning, complaints from the local residents about noisy Eurocrats and the other associated trash persist.
So far the impact on the carousing has been limited. The ‘pluxers' (a noun that derives from the verb ‘to plux', ie, to party in Place Lux) are unhappy that Madrane is not paying similar attention to the 'chatters', those who go on Wednesday night to carouse in Place du Chatelain. Although both weekly outdoor parties take place in the Brussels commune of Ixelles, the distinguishing feature is that the pluxers are almost entirely non-Belgians.