Please share this hashtag, #PortesOuvertes in support of Paris, France, and our World today.
Please share because… #PortesOuvertes – means #opendoors, and symbolizes the open doors the usually jaded Parisians instinctively threw open in their abundant humanity, to offer safety and succor to strangers.
#PortesOuvertes lets people traumatized, wounded, or escaping, running away from explosions, scrambling, to find safety in the city’s homes, as the number of attacks on public venues increased, and the confusion multiplied.
#PortesOuvertes means not only open doors, but it also means an open country that allows and accepts people as they are.
They want to make us all fearful and hateful. That is why the hate mongers and the terror spreading attackers targeted Parisian neighborhoods where people are far more tolerant, open, liberal and progressive.
And they targeted the greatest monument to France’s multi-ethnic, egalitarian, and pluralistic success: the football grounds of the Stade de France. This soccer field is the Parisian Green Heart because here is where the local team won the World Cup back in the 90s.
The attackers, whomever they may be, and whatever their motives, went after the heart of progressive Open Paris.
They did not attack the more touristy Champs-Elysées or Notre Dame, or the more bourgeois and conservative left bank, where most of the government ministries are located. Instead they attacked the most progressive part of the City where the youth, the progressive, the open liberal culture resides.
The attacked our Open Doors policy and their message is reinforced by the site of the main attack, on the biggest public venue — the Stade de France. This particular city stadium is one of the few places where the promise of a more integrated France is realized.
This is where the famed all inclusive French soccer team, known as “Les Bleus,” is the paragon of the ‘black-blanc-beur’ ideal (black, white, arab). The national team of France is a true French meritocracy in action, and it works.
The Stade de France is where a French team led by the Algerian-Frenchman Zinedine Zidane won the greatest trophy in sports, the FIFA World Cup, in 1998. The best moment of Unity shown to the world. ( #black-blanc-beur = black, white, arab…)