Paris welcomed thousands of special visitors Wednesday with a spirit of giving. The French charity Secours Populaire brought children from dozens of different countries to join the French kids for a day of summer fun, allowing even those with limited means to take a vacation at the height of the French holiday season.
Thousands of children fanned out around Paris for a treasure hunt, while others played in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower or took boat tours on the Seine. They arrived in Paris on Wednesday after spending several weeks at summer camps scattered throughout France. Both the Paris event and the camps were paid for by the charity.
The association’s head of international cooperation Corinne Makowski said that their goal was to help some temporarily escape injustices and troubles of their lives. Approximately 10,000 French adult volunteers helped facilitate the event.