PARIS – The city of Paris has decided to collect and archive the notes, poems and drawings left by passers-by on informal memorials at the sites of the Nov. 13 attacks, to keep the memory of the moving and spontaneous show of solidarity and compassion toward the victims.
The decision was taken the week following the attacks that left 130 people dead, director of the Archives of Paris Guillaume Nahon said.
Since the beginning of the month, city teams have been gathering the pieces of paper damaged by rain. "We're trying to combine two objectives: to maintain these memorials during the time of grief and at the same time, to save the tribute notes", Nahon said.
Every day, new messages are left by passers-by.