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

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Thousands of people dressed up as Smurfs at a rally in Landerneau, France, on March 7 to set the Guinness World Record for the largest-ever gathering of the blue, human-like comic characters.

The novel coronavirus has assailed more than 100 countries, infecting over 121,000 people and causing over 4,300 deaths. France alone has reported 1,784 cases and 33 deaths, but the revelers were undaunted.

“We must not stop living,” Patrick Leclerc, the town’s mayor said, adding later, “We figured that a bit of fun would do us all good at the moment.”

Italy, where over 10,000 people have fallen sick and 631 have died, was not

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