Sunday, February 10, 2008

J'vais vous montrer qui c'est Raoul!


Let me introduce you to Raoul Follereau, a French doctor who dedicated his life to leprosy. At first I thought he lived a long long time ago, but I found out he lived between 1903 and 1977. That is why his fight took place mostly in Africa. His motto - engraved on the last line of the statue stand - is very Catholic/French: "Personne n'a le droit d'être heureux tout seul" (Noboby has the right to be happy alone). Anyway, if you're interested in Leprosy(!) and speak French, you can check the site of his foundation.

19 comments:

  1. I like the way you framed this picture.
    BTW, I've been gone all day and just went on the site. I swear I have a life!!

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  2. Wonderful framing, no doubt about it. And what a man! I thank the heavens above that there are people in the world who are so giving! It would be such a shallow place otherwise.

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  3. PHX, you've inspired me. It's 9:30 pm and -20 C outside. But, I'm going out to have a life!!! If you don't hear from me again, you'll know I froze to death when the wine bar closed!

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  4. i love this photo and the statue through the fencing... veru nice...

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  5. Well captured and well spoken as well, Eric.

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  6. I'm sorry to say the same myself but nice framing, quite original and attractive, it's not easy to be that creative all the time.
    Félicitations!

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  7. What a good man - and what a good frame!

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  8. Eric, your photos are always such a surprise to me! Little gifts from a magical city far away. I also like how you framed the statue of Dr. Follereau (and to know about his work).

    On a totally unrelated note...last night, up on a mountain in exciting rural Southwest Virginia...Bill Clinton made a little visit, delivered a rousing "policy" speech and didn't bash Obama (yea!). The end.

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  9. I walked by a similar statue a couple of times and wondered who this guy was. Thanks for the info.

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  10. LOL Phx. Anyway congrats for comment # 1.


    Eric thanks for letting us know about the important work of this man. I agree with the others, great framing, great angle. I always love your photos because they are they're very journalistic - precise, shows us exactly what your focus is. My major in college was journalism so that's why I find your photos even more interesting.

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  11. Greatness should be remembered and this man certainly deserves many accolades.

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  12. Your title is terrific, it made me laugh, it's so "titi parisien"!!
    I like the angle.

    Lynn, I have some gossips for you.
    Our president started proceedings against the Nouvelobs (a French newspaper) because they published a SMS that he sent to his ex-wife (before his new wedding) which said: "If you come back, I'll call it all off"...The love story you believed in is on the slippery slope...

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  13. He he Guille! This is BIG gossip. My goodness. If i were that new wife, i'd be...OFF! So, she was very much second choice then. Eek!

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  14. What a fantasic photo! Immediately my eyes went to the statue, but afterwards I wanted to see what else was captured in the shot. A true professional can only achieve this, well done. (Also great info!)

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