Avenue du Président Wilson, 16e arrondissement de Paris. 19 janvier 2015. 12:30.
I went away a few days, left London chaos for Paris sweetness. Although the city of love got outrageously attacked by terrorists two weeks ago, jeopardising freedom of speech which is, in France, one of the most important values of our dear Republic. I still am chocked, yet happy and proud to see how French people act as one solid nation. The 11th of January 2015 – when 3.7 million people walked all together on the streets of France – is now a date to remember as well as #jesuischarlie. As a French citizen myself, I would like to thank all the other nations that supported us. I also send all my love to Australia (Sydney), Belgium and every country that got inhumanly attacked, without forgetting those that live in wars: Palestine, Israël, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, and so on.
I read a lot of different opinions on social medias regarding this attack. I have lived and travelled in different countries for 21 years, and I have always been taught to respect each religion, belief and tradition. I was born in a christian country, I grew up in a muslim one, I celebrate shabat with my jewish friends, and I now study in the most cosmopolitan town in the world. I am free to say that there is one thing you should all know: it is not about the religion, it is about the man… the cruel behaviour of the man. Because, as I have been told, faith must unite people. I may not have a religion, but I have faith in freedom.
I will leave you to my photographs representing the beauty of Paris – a city of love, art and lights – taken in the 16th arrondissement at Palais Galliera (fashion museum) near Palais de Tokyo.
Statue: l’homme et son chien – Sculpture: a man and his dog