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Paris 7th January. Toll: 12 people shot dead. 66 milions people wounded.

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This Sunday the whole world was gathered to support France in the tragic events that occurred last Wednesday.

The French Office of the satirical weekly newspaper Charlie Hebdo was attacked by two terrorists killing 4 cartoonists, 5 journalists, 2 police officers and a person from the maintenance.

The French authorities have organised marches all around France for people to express their support after what happened. Not only French people were chocked after the tragedy,the whole was grieving this Wednesday. French people consider what happened as their 9/11.

In France, more than 3.7 millions of people walked in the street. This was a historical mobilisation, the biggest since the Liberation after the Second World War.

A gathering was organised this Sunday in London at Trafalgar square, Ironically.
The place where the imposing statue of Nelson (who defeated Napoleon) illuminates the place.

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French student Pauline: ‘For me it’s important to be here and to commemorate what happened. It has been an awful day for France. Now we have to show that we are a united nation, they have tried to shut us up but all they will have obtain is one minute of silence’.

 

The two terrorists responsible of the slaughter said they did it to revenge the prophet Muhammed. The satirical newspaper published a cartoon where they represented the Muslim prophet.

‘From now on it’s crucial to set :IMG_8305e record straight and not to lump together what happened with Islam. Because those people who claim being Muslim are not. Or if they are they for sure haven’t read the Quran. In our religion it’s forbidden to harm anyone. They didn’t only kill 12 people they have wounded an entire nation’. Farid, French Muslim.

 

 

 

 

I’m not gonna lie, I have never read Charlie Hebdo in my life,but saying Je suis Charlie doesn’t literally mean that you are Charlie and

IMG_8288that you agree with their points of views and the drawings they published. Saying Je suis Charlie means that you support Freedom of Press, it means that you disagree with what happened, saying that you are Charlie also means that you are Ahmed the police officers that’s die under the bullets’.

Janice, Spanish woman. She came to show her support with what happened in France.

 

Mostly French people were present for the gathering, they all stayed silent for a while before bursting into the Marseillaise.

Gerard, French Cartoonist was here as well : ‘ It could have been me. I have been drawing for many years. AnIMG_8201d this is the first time of my life that I want to laugh anymore. They killed one of the best cartoonists of this generation but they are not dead they will live forever through their cartoons. They were so smart and sensible that they could make people laugh even people they did not know’.

 

This day will remain momentous, firstly for French people but for the rest of the world because the most important people of the political landscape were present in the streets of Paris to join them in their sorrow and prove that all the world is united against terrorism.

 

Here is an interactive timeline of the events:

http://www.timetoast.com/flash/TimelineViewer.swf?passedTimelines=1023179

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My summer as a florist in Paris

To be published on studentcom

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After my study, I’m planning to go backpacking in Asia. Though it involves sacrifices, like not going on holidays, be careful no to spent too much, I’m sure it’s worth it. So two summers ago, I decided to stay in Paris and look for a summer job. I was not 18 at that moment so it was a bit of an issue to find one. After many attempt I found a kind florist that was happy to hire me for the summer.

I didn’t know anything about flowers. I have flowers in my garden but my only contact with them is when I see them through my room’s window.
Not only did I found a way to fund my project, I also developed a new passion.

The shop was located in the middle of Paris, in the ‘IXeme Arrondissement ‘. It was in a very lively area of Paris, the shop was right behind the ‘Boulevard Haussman’ where are the two biggest malls of Paris ‘Les Galleries Lafayette’ et ‘LePrintemps’. Though it was aFlorist 2 small shop, it was always busy because of its location. All the employees of the shops around and the shopping centre around came to buy flowers.

At the beginning I was not doing bouquets, I was doing handling and cleaning. But little by little I was given more responsibilities. I have learnt a lot from this job.

Firstly I have learnt about what it involved to work and have duties: e.g. be on time every morning ( I had to be at 8:30 at the shop), be focused ( careless mistake could be costly, for example putting some weed killer instead of fertiliser. It may seem funny but all the bottles look the same).

I have also learnt a lot about flowers obviously, to inform customers in need. I don’t claim knowing all the name of all the flowers but I know quite a few. And it helps me to stand out sometimes during interviews, it highlight the fact that I’m versatile.

I also have met very interesting people. I remember the first time I saw this man entering in the shop; he had a particular style, quite fancy. He was very passionate about flowers and we had quite a long talk about it. Actually he was a fashion designer, as the Fashion week approached he was looking for flowers to use during his runaway. We talked about different topics, he noticed my interest in journalism and told me he had friends in the press industry and offered me to forward my details to them. I’m still in touch with him and I promised him to have a drink together the next time I head to Paris. I also remember that other man that is selling diamond in a very famous brand.

The florist I was working for had partnerships with different brands: jewellery, clothes, cars, photographers etc.. . Each week my colleague and I delivered flowers to these brands. I was always nice and trying to talk to customers in charge of the flowers. Nonetheless one brand particularly appealed me: I can’t name it, it was a luxury diamond dealer. While delivering the flowers I was dreaming for a while imagining which ring my future husband was going to offer me for my proposal. And I think the diamond seller noticed it,; once he told me to come back after I was done with my work. I had no idea of what he wanted from me but I went anyway. He made try a ‘Diamond Rivière’ worth of £10 000. Can you imagine, I had one year of my tuition fees or my backpacking trip in Asia around my neck.

Above all, I felt in love (again) with the city of Paris, the city of love. Thou I have left it I’m still full of admiration and I would never be bored of it. I was often going to Paris during the year, but Paris in summer is another city than Paris during the rest of the year. All the agitation and the stress of the year are evacuated from the city; to leave their place to the calm and to give all its charm to the pretty capital.

Learning a new job in a different city was such an unforgettable experience. I got the chance to meet amazing people, to discover new places, new skills. If you are looking for a job or a placement and you can’t find something related to your field of study, take anything that comes. Don’t refuse a job on the pretext it won’t be useful. Each work experience will be beneficial as it will bring you something new and you will learn from it!

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