Paris all-night culture fest dedicatedto French hostages

30th September 2004, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Sept 30 (AFP) - Paris will dedicate its third all-night cultural festival starting Saturday, the so-called "Nuit Blanche", to two French hostages held in Iraq, with citygoers asked to light a candle for the newsmen.

PARIS, Sept 30 (AFP) - Paris will dedicate its third all-night cultural festival starting Saturday, the so-called "Nuit Blanche", to two French hostages held in Iraq, with citygoers asked to light a candle for the newsmen.  

"As a sign of solidarity with Christian Chesnot, Georges Malbrunot and their Syrian driver Mohammed al-Jundi, we are asking Parisians to put a candle in their windows during the Nuit Blanche," said deputy mayor Christophe Girard.  

"Rome did the same for the two Italian hostages" during its all-night cultural party two weeks ago, Girard added. Simona Torretta and Simona Pari were freed on Tuesday after three weeks in captivity.  

"It seems to me that in a moment of collective joy, it's important for us to think about those who are deprived of their freedom and joie de vivre," the deputy mayor added.   Chesnot, Malbrunot and al-Jundi were abducted south of Baghdad on August 20 by a group calling itself the Islamic Army in Iraq.   

The Nuit Blanche - the white, or sleepless, night - will bring together 300 artists at more than 100 sites in Paris for an all-night party of concerts, light shows, poetry readings, art installations and dance performances.  

Last year, one million people thronged the streets of the French capital for the event. The inaugural Nuit Blanche, which drew 600,000 people, was marred by the stabbing of Paris mayor Bertrand Delanoe.  

During this year's Nuit Blanche, the Paris-based media watchdog group Reporters without Borders will distribute green bracelets with the slogan, "As long as they are hostages, so are we".

 

© AFP

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