The Paris branch
of the nearly 20-year-old AIDS activist group ACT UP
staged a protest on the eve of World AIDS Day, Le
Monde reported Friday. Activists marched through the
Place de la Bastille, a large square that commemorates
the storming of the Bastille prison during the French
Revolution in 1789, carrying blown-up photographs of
French presidential candidates. They challenged
politicians such as Nicolas Sarkozy and Segolene
Royal to explicitly outline the actions they plan to
take in response to the pandemic.
the current president of France, spoke on Friday to
remind audiences that despite significant therapeutic and
educational progress, 7,000 French citizens
seroconverted last year. He urged citizens not to
normalize the disease as simply a fact of modern society.