France: Falun Gong Receives a Warm Welcome at the Montgeron Sports and Culture Expo

On September 10th 2005, the annual Sports and Culture Expo was held at Gymnase Pierre de Coubertin in Montgeron near Paris.

The aim of the Expo is to encourage healthy development of mind and body. The organiser allocated time slots for all groups to perform at the centre of the stadium, including music, gymnastics, dance, martial arts and traditional cultivation ways. This was the forth year that the French Falun Gong practitioners attended this Expo. They were invited to perform a Falun Gong exercise demonstration.

Visitors were moved by the peaceful Falun Gong music and the exercise demonstration. At the end of the demonstration, they applauded enthusiastically to thank Falun Gong practitioners. At the Falun Gong stand, practitioners arranged exercise demonstration posters and other French and English material on a stand so that visitors could easily read them.

Many people came to ask for information about Falun Gong and hoped to learn the exercises at their local practice sites. A lot of visitors signed the petition calling for an immediate end to the persecution of Falun Gong in China. People were also attracted by the Falun Gong exercise demonstration near the stand. When they learned that it is free of charge to learn Falun Gong they were all pleasantly surprised and really happy to see that in today’s world of materialism, there still exists such a pure, righteous and selfless cultivation group.

Practitioners also gave the children bookmarks and postcards with the pictures of children from all different nationalities practising Falun Gong and informed them about the brutal persecution of Falun Gong in China. In fact, even children at a very young age could understand the facts. Some children, after learning the truth of Falun Gong, immediately told the stories to their friends and signed the petition form with their pure and innocent hearts.

Lots of people learned the truth about Falun Gong through this activity. French practitioners will hold more activities and strive to let more people to know the truth.

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