We walked down Rue Beaubourg on our way to Notre Dame and we came across the Hotel de Ville.
Yes, we thought it was a hotel as well when we were there, & I only got to know that it wasn't one when I was doing a bit of research for this post a few nights ago.
The reason for our ignorance was because it was never on our list of places to go. We just happened to pass by en route to Notre Dame & thought that it was a nice place to sit down & eat our baguettes. Oh, this is French trash. I meant the green bag on the right. I don't know, I thought the French would have been more finicky about the aesthetics of it. It definitely wasn't pleasing to the eyes, & it wasn't arty in any way.
Apparently, Hotel de Ville meant City Hall & it houses the administration of the City of Paris as well as the Mayor. It also has a large square in front where certain events like workers' strikes (more recent) & public executions (in the past) were held.
It turned out that there were 1600 of them & it was some kind of exhibition about WWF conservation.
The poster was pretty obvious even though it was in French. Both of us actually stood there & read it word for word. We realised that with some effort, it was possible to second guess & form our very own wild interpretations. We could only manage the first paragraph:
When we came down to the second paragraph, it got a bit crazy, & everything was like Tamil to us. I think it was talking about how Paulo worked with the Thai artists to make the Pandas out of paper maches etc. with the involvement of the villagers to encourage social responsibility.