The first human reaction to a terror strike is panic and fear of one's own life. But Parisians showed that even when faced with tragedy, mankind can individually and collectively retain its essential qualities of kindness and courage by throwing open its doors for strangers and helping the needy.
When late night terror attack rocked multiple places in the French capital, Parisians started a trend on social media networks - #PorteOuverte meaning open door. They began tweeting their personal addresses to anyone nearby who needed shelter, using the trending hashtag.
#PorteOuverte Rue Jean-Pierre Timbaud, au niveau du numÃ©ro 75-77- Mangaud Vincent (@VMangaud) November 14, 2015
Hi guys. If you need a shelter near RÃ©publique, pm me. #porteouvertePlus, we have beers.- Savate (@Savate_) November 13, 2015
#PorteOuverte If you need a place to stay tonight in the 18th we can host a few people, clean bedding, tea, and internet if you need it!- Gaybby (@gabshnks) November 13, 2015
A separate Twitter handle @PorteOuverteFRA has been created to curate these addresses and numbers and also to tweet helpline numbers and updates.
2 Rue Frederic Magisson (75015)email@example.com#PorteOuverte- #PorteOuverte (@PorteOuverteFRA) November 14, 2015
Lot 1919 No 85/386,1618-Rue De La Ferme, Bobigny. Sikh temple.#PorteOuverte- #PorteOuverte (@PorteOuverteFRA) November 14, 2015
@PorteOuverteFRA also tweeted that taxis were giving free rides to stranded Paris residents to drop them at hotels and shelters.
Taxis within Paris are offering free journeys to homes and hotels. Be sure to use these services if you are stuck in the city #PorteOuverte- #PorteOuverte (@PorteOuverteFRA) November 14, 2015
It's just not Parisians helping out fellow Parisians; people from other countries used have tweeted their offer to provide shelter to French citizens stranded in their country's airports, unable to travel back home under present scenario.
And this guy who made the rest of India proud.
Anybody who's stranded in Paris and needs shelter and somewhere safe, any Sikh Gurdwara (temple) will be happy to accommodate #PorteOuverte- Rohan (@RohanSinghKalsi) November 13, 2015
This lady has pretty much summed how awesome social media is.