The 7th of January 2015 marks the beginning of a national mobilisation.
The incident at the Charlie Hebdo offices has left a feeling that democracy has been bruised. Freedom of expression is under attack.
The national uprising surrounding the event is historic. Crowds have reached new levels, not seen since the liberation. But this enthusiasm and fervour goes beyond street demonstrations. Ski resorts have also mobilised to show their support for Charlie Hebdo and freedom of expression.
Here is an overview of what happened in the French ski areas over the last ten days.
The famous, ” I am Charlie ” could be seen on some of the highest peaks of the region
Riders Kilian Jornet , Jeremy Flores, Pauline Ado, Matthias Dandois , Lizeroux Ogier , Antoine Bizet, Kevin Rolland, Tom Pagès and Yoann Baarelli united to show their support:
On the 8th of January, the majority of ski resort stopped their ski lifts for one minute to show their support. « This is a symbolic action to show solidarity in the mountain world, with the artists, journalists and police killed in cold blood yesterday in Paris. » said Pierre Lestas, president for the ski areas of France, reacting to the events of the day before.
Also, symbolically, all ESF ski/snowboard instructors, on the recommendation of their president Gilles Chabert, observed a moment of silence on the slopes. Val D’Isère has also made a very moving tribute to all the victims. See the link below.
Finally some of the biggest French ski champions have also showed their support: