In what is perhaps Paris’ most iconic area, Trocadéro Square, under the watchful eye of the Palais de Chaillot and the Eiffel Tower, some Falun Gong practitioners in France, held an event to celebrate World Falun Dafa Day on the afternoon of May 20th, 2018.

It was an opportunity for French Falun Gong practitioners to share with the public their practice of Truthfulness, Compassion, and Forbearance and to display the beauty and the benefits that could be gained through its cultivation. Collectively, they performed 5 exercises of qigong and peaceful meditations, spread positive energy out across the city, performed a traditional art repertoire and made an appeal to end the ongoing persecution happening in mainland China.

Many people there had extraordinary testimonials of their experience with Falun Gong, including the amazing healing powers of the practice. In an interview with the DKN, Matthieu Fouassier, a member of the French Infantry Army, said that by practicing Falun Gong, “his eyes had healed themselves after a serious injury without surgery”. He also told them that he managed to stop drinking alcohol after just 4 months of cultivation, which he considered a miraculous achievement.

Matthieu Fouassier, a member of the French Infantry, shared that he had recovered from an eye injury and quit drinking alcohol by practicing Falun Gong. (DKN)

The core moral values of Falun Gong have also brought faith and happiness to many others. Ms. Hélène Tong, Business Director of “Taste of Life” Magazine shared that, after years of studying traditional Eastern culture, she finally stumbled across Falun Gong in a park, and the three principles of Truthfulness, Compassion, and Forbearance immediately attracted her attention.

“When I saw the three principles of Truthfulness, Compassion, and Forbearance, I felt the power of those teachings instantly. I told myself: I have found it! I don’t need to search anymore,” Hélène shared.

She went on to add that, “The most wonderful thing about cultivation to me is that I cultivate all day, all the time, not just for one moment, and it’s very powerful. I have cultivated for 18, almost 19 years, but I never stop practicing, because it really changed my life, it has improved my life from its basics, I will cultivate my whole life.”

Ms. Hélène Tong, Business Director of Taste of Life Magazine shared that the three principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance of Falun Gong completely changed her life. (The Epoch Times)

Helene also said that “Falun Dafa exercises are free and I find this very different.” In fact, in France, many different qigong practices are popular but tuition is often quite expensive. The accessibility of the practice is something that also amazed Gaï Mizrahi, a computer engineer, who also shared with the readers of the Vietnamese Epoch Times newspaper, that, “This practice is completely free. You can look on the internet to learn the movements and read books, and follow the principles of Truthfulness, Compassion, and Forbearance.”

Thanks to the great health and xinxing (virtuous) benefits of Falun Gong, this cultivation practice is welcome in France as well as in hundreds of other countries around the world. Ms. Hélène said that in France people practice Falun Gong in parks very freely. The French government supports Falun Gong and protects its practitioners in events. Before the parade in Paris of the European Falun Gong practitioners in September 2017, the former French Minister Françoise Hostalier said,

“These are positive values for humanity, helping people to live in harmony with themselves, to find self-control and peace.”

Former French Minister Françoise Hostalier (center) with Miss Canada Anastasia Lin and Mr. Alain Tong, chairman of the Falun Dafa Association in France before the Falun Gong practitioners parade in September 2017 (Gaëlle Didillon /Epoch Times)
Former French Minister Françoise Hostalier (center) with Miss Canada Anastasia Lin and Mr. Alain Tong, chairman of the Falun Dafa Association in France before the Falun Gong practitioners parade in September 2017 (Gaëlle Didillon /Epoch Times)

Where the peaceful become the persecuted

In mainland China, the persecution of Falun Gong practitioners, initiated by former General Secretary and President Jiang Zemin from July 20th, 1999, is still ongoing.

According to government and practitioners’ statistics in 1999, an estimated 70-100 million people were practicing Falun Gong in China at that time, exceeding the number of current party members. Seeing how popular of the Buddhist school of qigong was with the people, Jiang Zemin felt envious and considered it a threat to his own power. Taking advantage of the power he wielded over the people, Jiang enforced the policy of “defaming the reputation, squeezing financial exhaustion, and destroying the body” of Falun Gong practitioners. As if this persecution of practitioners civil liberties was not enough, international investigations, including reports from two Nobel Peace Prize candidates, human rights lawyer David Matas and former Canadian Secretary of State David Kilgour, revealed a large number of Falun Gong practitioners were shockingly robbed of live organs by the Chinese government for nothing more than profit.

The book “Bloody Harvest” by David Matas and David Kilgour exposes the Chinese government’s activities harvesting organs from practitioners. (Photo: vn.minghui.org)

To justify this evident persecution, the Chinese Communist Party launched a slander campaign of Falun Gong, culminating in a self-immolation incident on Tiananmen Square. The aim was to deceive the Chinese people into believing that Falun Gong was a practice with evil intentions. Ms. Hélène Tong said, “They are deceived by the Chinese government that we are an evil cult. That is unfair.”

So, in 2001, she defied the possible danger and along with 35 other Western practitioners, went to Tiananmen Square to appeal to the people.

“I really wanted to talk to them and show them that we are white people, we come from many different countries and we all practice Falun Gong,” Hélène said.

In November 2001, 36 Westerners, including Ms. Hélène Tong, despite the danger, appeared on Tiananmen Square together to tell the world a truth that the Chinese Communist Party hid: Falun Dafa is good. Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good. (Source: journeytotiananmen.com)

The group of practitioners was predictably immediately arrested, beaten and then interrogated. If they were not Westerners, their punishment would possibly have been even more disastrous, more like that of how many of the Chinese practitioners have suffered.

Eléonore Tassa, Communication Officer of Lotus Sacré, said, “In France, more and more people know the truth about Falun Dafa, understand the persecution practitioners endure and the false propaganda from the Chinese Communist Party.”

Eléonore Tassa, Communication Officer of the Lotus Sacré Company, is here doing the exercises in Paris's Trocadéro square. She said that practicing Falun Gong made her calmer in the conflicts of life. (The Epoch Times)
Eléonore Tassa, Communication Officer of the Lotus Sacré Company, is here doing the exercises in Paris’s Trocadéro square. She said that practicing Falun Gong made her calmer in the conflicts of life. (The Epoch Times)

In September 2017, many French lawmakers wrote a letter to the French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, expressing concern over the crimes of organ harvesting from practitioners in mainland China. They asked the Minister to take action against this practice, according to sources from fr.clearharmony.net. It is hoped that the more known the barbaric actions of the Chinese government are known the more action will be taken to prevent the practice.

Falun Gong practitioners, present at the World Falun Dafa Day celebration in Paris, this year celebrate Mr. Li Hongzhi's birthday. (The Epoch Times)
Falun Gong practitioners, present at the World Falun Dafa Day celebration in Paris, this year celebrate Mr. Li Hongzhi’s birthday. (The Epoch Times)

This year’s World Falun Dafa Day celebration in Paris ended with a clear cry of “Falun Dafa is good, Truthfulness, Compassion, and Forbearance are good” shouted by the young practitioners present, the small children cultivating Falun Gong.

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