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Focus on France 5 December 2009

Paris flash mob makes climate ultimatum

by Daniel Finnan

Article published on the 2009-12-05 Latest update 2009-12-05 16:00 TU

A placard reading <em>Social Climate Change</em> at the Flash Mob in Paris on 5 December

A placard reading Social Climate Change at the Flash Mob in Paris on 5 December

French environmental activists gathered at Place René-Cassin in the middle of Paris on Saturday to demand climate justice ahead of the Copenhagen summit next week. Representatives from 11 NGOs and members of the public started a flash mob at 12:18, symbolic because it marks the last day of the Copenhagen meeting.

Focus on France: Climate Ultimatum

05/12/2009 by Daniel Finnan

Despite the pouring rain around 1,000 people gathered near Les Halles shopping centre to demand a serious agreement to help stop global warming.

Organisations such as Greenpeace, Oxfam and Friends of the Earth were represented collectively under an umbrella group called L’Ultimatum Climatique.

The flash mob, a large group of people who assemble suddenly in a public place, was split into three groups – orange, black and white – which each adopted a different drum rhythm, chant or melody, coming together in an ensemble signifying a mass mobilisation ahead of climate change talks.

Young, old, rich and poor confirmed an ever-increasing assortment of people firm in their call for a proper deal at Copenhagen.

The mob continued through the French capital with further gatherings at Place Stalingrad and later a soirée in the 18th arrondissement which will give activists the time to wind-down and discuss the next step in direct action.

Paris climate ultimatum - in pictures


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