Closed meeting in Paris (France)

Paris is a special city for me in the sense that I have been to most European capitals many times, and this wonderful, romantic city only once, and 23 years ago, in 1995. All these years, he dreamed of coming here for a week and getting around the whole city, trying to feel his magic spirit. Apparently, not this time. First of all, it is necessary to do what I came here for - to visit the three organizations that took part in the struggle for my rescue from the tenacious paws of Azerbaijan. These are primarily RSF (Reporters Without Borders), FIDH (International Federation for Human Rights) and LICRA (Center for Combating Racism and Anti-Semitism). I also visited an organization called DCRI (you can google what kind of office it is), but here Azerbaijani history has only an indirect connection. I had to put all these meetings on one day, because I arrived in Paris on the evening of May 7 for three days, of which all days except May 9 were days off. In short, ran.Do not wait for a beautiful story about Paris, because I just walked through the streets and took pictures, everything I see and did not even reach the Eiffel Tower, there was no time.
Closed meeting in Paris (France) Paris, metro, Azerbaijan, only, Karabakh, on foot, a lot, in general, end up, the city, simply, Paris, In short, of which, meetings, organizations, transport, finished with just two

The day began with a trip on the subway from the suburb, where I stayed with friends. I studied the tariffs for urban transport for a long time, I thought to take a daily ticket for 10 euros and go without bothering to buy new tickets for each trip. As a result, the machine did not accept a bill of twenty euros and waving my hand, I took the usual one-time one for 1.90 euros, throwing a small change into the machine. And I didn’t lose it, because in the end I went by transport only three times a day and the day pass would have been meaningless. In general, I walk a lot on foot and if there are 3-4 kilometers between two points, I don’t even think about going to transport.
Closed meeting in Paris (France) Paris, metro, Azerbaijan, only, Karabakh, on foot, a lot, in general, end up, the city, simply, Paris, In short, of which, meetings, organizations, transport, finished with just two

Center for Culture and Art Georges Pompidou in the center of Paris, not far from him, my first meeting. You know, this building, reminiscent from the side of a huge unit for cleaning urban sewage, I even remembered from the first visit! I really want to get there, and as in the first visit - I do not have time.
Closed meeting in Paris (France) Paris, metro, Azerbaijan, only, Karabakh, on foot, a lot, in general, end up, the city, simply, Paris, In short, of which, meetings, organizations, transport, finished with just two

Four minutes before the meeting, I turn from a leisurely walk almost to a run. Being late is wrong.I have time to reach the office one minute before the scheduled meeting. Bingo! I have a rather thick folder of papers with me, these are printouts of all the threats that the people of Azerbaijan send me on Facebook every day. I never answer them, but I just take screenshots, print them out and file them in a folder. There are hundreds of reports from Azerbaijanis, from threats of sexual violence to regrets that Hitler did not finish his job. That's real, while printing out all this garbage, the cartridge is over. And the filings are in human rights organizations related to the fight against racism and anti-Semitism. But not only there. I am dragging these papers and MEPs. Many of them, I confess, are surprised that anti-Semitism has flourished in Azerbaijan. Well, that is, everyone heard about the conflict with Armenia, Karabakh and everything else, but for the first time about hatred of Jews. In addition to Facebook prints, I tell you how prisoners in Baku shouted through the bars, "Allah Akbar, we will get to you, dirty life **." Better to know late than never. While we were sitting in the first of the organizations and I was talking about their experiences, a couple more messages came from the Baku, they say, you’re Armenian ***, we’ll get to you. Immediately I reach out to the human rights activists, they say, read what they write. Those screenshots made for yourself.I don’t know where it all goes, probably in some archives and will come up at conferences and seminars related to the topic of racism.
Even deputies, ministers and human rights activists in all the countries visited on this trip did not know that Armenian geographical names were prohibited by law in Azerbaijan. I carry with me the decision of the Baku Court of Grave Crimes, where it is written in black and white that the fact that in my articles about traveling to Karabakh I called this region a couple of times Artsakh indicates support for separatism. In Paris, the capital of European tolerance, the people were generally in shock. No, France certainly considers Karabakh to be the territory of Azerbaijan, but a territory whose status is to be settled. But about the fact that Baku imprisons people for the word "Artsakh" they could not even imagine. They read my indictment signed by prosecutor Rustam Usubov, read the verdict from Baku and only shrug. They took copies of my sentence, took it to myself. I explain to them for the sake of convincingness that it’s about how France will imprison the ethnic Germans of Strasbourg for what they call in their native language the region not the Alsace-Lorain, but Lorraine in the German manner.Well, that is, you can imagine what awaits the Armenians of Karabakh, if they return to the jurisdiction of Azerbaijan, if Baku already now prohibits their native language. Brad some, to be honest. Had they even a drop of brains, it would be better to invest in Karabakh, support in every possible way people who are considered to be their citizens. Like Georgia in relation to Abkhazia, for example, providing good and free treatment in Tbilisi hospitals to Abkhazians, as well as providing them with its citizenship.
So, with one meeting finished, running to another!
Closed meeting in Paris (France) Paris, metro, Azerbaijan, only, Karabakh, on foot, a lot, in general, end up, the city, simply, Paris, In short, of which, meetings, organizations, transport, finished with just two

Who thought that the Bastille Prison is still standing in Bastille Square, raise your hand. No, this is not a joke. Being a schoolboy and being here in 1995, I really believed that the prison castle was preserved. I read Victor Hugo, you know.
Closed meeting in Paris (France) Paris, metro, Azerbaijan, only, Karabakh, on foot, a lot, in general, end up, the city, simply, Paris, In short, of which, meetings, organizations, transport, finished with just two

I go to myself, I don’t touch anyone, and here the advertisement for Schweps took a couple of cans of drink -
Closed meeting in Paris (France) Paris, metro, Azerbaijan, only, Karabakh, on foot, a lot, in general, end up, the city, simply, Paris, In short, of which, meetings, organizations, transport, finished with just two

Give away gift, gift, ladies and gentlemen -
Closed meeting in Paris (France) Paris, metro, Azerbaijan, only, Karabakh, on foot, a lot, in general, end up, the city, simply, Paris, In short, of which, meetings, organizations, transport, finished with just two

In one of the organizations there was a funny incident. This can only happen in French comedy. Being in the Commission on Human Rights in Paris, when I had to leave, the armored ministerial door was suddenly automatically locked.And we stayed in a huge office, tried to open the door in turn. Does not work. For nearly an hour they were struggling with the door. Remember the Soviet film "Garage"? The girls did not lose their head and we organized a tea party while waiting for the arrival of the master. French Jewish jokes were poisoned and they laughed so that from the door the colleagues asked what we were doing there at all. It turned out this "closed meeting" in the truest sense of the word :)))
Closed meeting in Paris (France) Paris, metro, Azerbaijan, only, Karabakh, on foot, a lot, in general, end up, the city, simply, Paris, In short, of which, meetings, organizations, transport, finished with just two

I hurry to the third meeting and definitely late for the story with the door. Called, apologized. They say it's okay, waiting. I don't like being late ...
Closed meeting in Paris (France) Paris, metro, Azerbaijan, only, Karabakh, on foot, a lot, in general, end up, the city, simply, Paris, In short, of which, meetings, organizations, transport, finished with just two

Closed meeting in Paris (France) Paris, metro, Azerbaijan, only, Karabakh, on foot, a lot, in general, end up, the city, simply, Paris, In short, of which, meetings, organizations, transport, finished with just two

In short, at six o'clock in the evening I finished everything. I spent an unpredictable long time in the organization's last organization, and the process of issuing a pass was delayed, because I needed a passport, but I did not take it. You understand that in the same place there is a rigid access control as in the Lubyanka in Moscow. In short, the question is decided.
Tired and squeezed like a lemon, he came out into the light of day. It is already getting dark, and Paris has not even seen. And tomorrow I fly to Greece. I decided to walk for two hours towards the friends I stopped at. On the navigator shows that to go about 8 kilometers, just have to keep within a couple of hours?
Closed meeting in Paris (France) Paris, metro, Azerbaijan, only, Karabakh, on foot, a lot, in general, end up, the city, simply, Paris, In short, of which, meetings, organizations, transport, finished with just two

Then there will be just ordinary sketches from Parisian streets, not always presentable. Just what I see on the way -
Closed meeting in Paris (France) Paris, metro, Azerbaijan, only, Karabakh, on foot, a lot, in general, end up, the city, simply, Paris, In short, of which, meetings, organizations, transport, finished with just two

Closed meeting in Paris (France) Paris, metro, Azerbaijan, only, Karabakh, on foot, a lot, in general, end up, the city, simply, Paris, In short, of which, meetings, organizations, transport, finished with just two

Closed meeting in Paris (France) Paris, metro, Azerbaijan, only, Karabakh, on foot, a lot, in general, end up, the city, simply, Paris, In short, of which, meetings, organizations, transport, finished with just two

Closed meeting in Paris (France) Paris, metro, Azerbaijan, only, Karabakh, on foot, a lot, in general, end up, the city, simply, Paris, In short, of which, meetings, organizations, transport, finished with just two

Closed meeting in Paris (France) Paris, metro, Azerbaijan, only, Karabakh, on foot, a lot, in general, end up, the city, simply, Paris, In short, of which, meetings, organizations, transport, finished with just two

Closed meeting in Paris (France) Paris, metro, Azerbaijan, only, Karabakh, on foot, a lot, in general, end up, the city, simply, Paris, In short, of which, meetings, organizations, transport, finished with just two

Closed meeting in Paris (France) Paris, metro, Azerbaijan, only, Karabakh, on foot, a lot, in general, end up, the city, simply, Paris, In short, of which, meetings, organizations, transport, finished with just two

Cool, there is a park named after the Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin killed in 1995. He was shot by an employee of his own security service, Igal Amir, just at the time when I was in Paris 23 years ago. Rabin paid for his desire to build peace with the Palestinians and the Arab world.
Closed meeting in Paris (France) Paris, metro, Azerbaijan, only, Karabakh, on foot, a lot, in general, end up, the city, simply, Paris, In short, of which, meetings, organizations, transport, finished with just two

Closed meeting in Paris (France) Paris, metro, Azerbaijan, only, Karabakh, on foot, a lot, in general, end up, the city, simply, Paris, In short, of which, meetings, organizations, transport, finished with just two

Closed meeting in Paris (France) Paris, metro, Azerbaijan, only, Karabakh, on foot, a lot, in general, end up, the city, simply, Paris, In short, of which, meetings, organizations, transport, finished with just two

Closed meeting in Paris (France) Paris, metro, Azerbaijan, only, Karabakh, on foot, a lot, in general, end up, the city, simply, Paris, In short, of which, meetings, organizations, transport, finished with just two

Closed meeting in Paris (France) Paris, metro, Azerbaijan, only, Karabakh, on foot, a lot, in general, end up, the city, simply, Paris, In short, of which, meetings, organizations, transport, finished with just two

That same river Seine, but instead of Notre-Dame-de-Paris, Notre Dame de Paris, you will have dusty cement barges -
Closed meeting in Paris (France) Paris, metro, Azerbaijan, only, Karabakh, on foot, a lot, in general, end up, the city, simply, Paris, In short, of which, meetings, organizations, transport, finished with just two

Closed meeting in Paris (France) Paris, metro, Azerbaijan, only, Karabakh, on foot, a lot, in general, end up, the city, simply, Paris, In short, of which, meetings, organizations, transport, finished with just two

Cool bridge!
Closed meeting in Paris (France) Paris, metro, Azerbaijan, only, Karabakh, on foot, a lot, in general, end up, the city, simply, Paris, In short, of which, meetings, organizations, transport, finished with just two

The further I move along the bank of the Seine to the east, the more gloomy the surrounding landscapes become.
Closed meeting in Paris (France) Paris, metro, Azerbaijan, only, Karabakh, on foot, a lot, in general, end up, the city, simply, Paris, In short, of which, meetings, organizations, transport, finished with just two

I think in the evening there should be careful not to get acquainted with the manners of the local cattle. For 23 years, Paris has not changed as a city, but its population has changed cardinally. A lot of antisocial elements. Sadly
Closed meeting in Paris (France) Paris, metro, Azerbaijan, only, Karabakh, on foot, a lot, in general, end up, the city, simply, Paris, In short, of which, meetings, organizations, transport, finished with just two

Closed meeting in Paris (France) Paris, metro, Azerbaijan, only, Karabakh, on foot, a lot, in general, end up, the city, simply, Paris, In short, of which, meetings, organizations, transport, finished with just two

Closed meeting in Paris (France) Paris, metro, Azerbaijan, only, Karabakh, on foot, a lot, in general, end up, the city, simply, Paris, In short, of which, meetings, organizations, transport, finished with just two

Closed meeting in Paris (France) Paris, metro, Azerbaijan, only, Karabakh, on foot, a lot, in general, end up, the city, simply, Paris, In short, of which, meetings, organizations, transport, finished with just two

Closed meeting in Paris (France) Paris, metro, Azerbaijan, only, Karabakh, on foot, a lot, in general, end up, the city, simply, Paris, In short, of which, meetings, organizations, transport, finished with just two

I’m tired of going on foot, I’ll sit on the subway and the last three stations will get through with the wind
Closed meeting in Paris (France) Paris, metro, Azerbaijan, only, Karabakh, on foot, a lot, in general, end up, the city, simply, Paris, In short, of which, meetings, organizations, transport, finished with just two

The Paris Metro is by no means picturesque. All the beauty above, in the form of churches and palaces of the eternal city. And rightly so, transport should be fast and convenient.Investing billions in stucco in Moscow and then hundreds of millions in its (stucco) permanent repairs, I think, does not make sense.
Closed meeting in Paris (France) Paris, metro, Azerbaijan, only, Karabakh, on foot, a lot, in general, end up, the city, simply, Paris, In short, of which, meetings, organizations, transport, finished with just two

From the last metro station I have about fifteen minutes by bus -
Closed meeting in Paris (France) Paris, metro, Azerbaijan, only, Karabakh, on foot, a lot, in general, end up, the city, simply, Paris, In short, of which, meetings, organizations, transport, finished with just two

Closed meeting in Paris (France) Paris, metro, Azerbaijan, only, Karabakh, on foot, a lot, in general, end up, the city, simply, Paris, In short, of which, meetings, organizations, transport, finished with just two

Bingo, I'm on the spot! Boissy Saint-Leger, this is the town where my path lies.
Closed meeting in Paris (France) Paris, metro, Azerbaijan, only, Karabakh, on foot, a lot, in general, end up, the city, simply, Paris, In short, of which, meetings, organizations, transport, finished with just two

In principle, the usual suburb, very green and clean, with its two castles, a beautiful park and three lakes. I will tell you in the next article what “Podparizhye” lives, the more so because much has been said about the Moscow region, and there is nothing about Podparizhye.

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