Another Bastille Day

Reviewed on 12/1/2010 | 1 Review

My Concierge Told Me

Carla praised the Pope

First of December, strangely, is this single day of the year when AIDS is on our minds. A lot of iconic landmarks across the world were bathed in red light yesterday marking Worlds AIDS Day. In Paris, the city hall has been chosen to symbolize the battle against the disease.
Photo: AFP, Bertrand Langlois

On Bastille Square people took part in a rally and this beautiful photo is the pretext to talk about something that does not only concern Paris, but sadly is a worldwide issue.

Around the world there were an estimated 2.6 million new infections last year, down from about 3.3 million at the peak of the AIDS epidemic in 1999. You can read this as a good sign. But then think: 33 million people worldwide are actually living with the disease. This is a number corresponding to half of the population of France. And it’s nearly the number of those – more than 25 million precisely – that have died of AIDS since 1981.

Since Carla Bruni-Sarkozy’s brother Virginio died of an AIDS-related illness in 2006, the First Lady of France is very committed to the battle against Aids and became, in 2008, a global ambassador for the Geneva-based Global Fund to Fight Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

Last week, during a press conference, Bruni-Sarkozy said she was grateful to the Pope for easing the Catholic Church’s ban on condoms. “I think it is a fairly enormous step towards something new. I was surprised, touched, and grateful.”

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  1. Vina 6 May 2011 Reply

    What a joy to find soemone else who thinks this way.

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