Paris to save notes and drawings left after the attacks

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A drawing reading "Peace for Paris" is displayed to dry at the City of Paris archive center during a presentation to the press in Paris, France, Tuesday, Dec.15, 2015. The city of Paris has decided to collect and archive the notes and drawings left by passers-by on informal memorials on the sites of the Nov. 13 attacks, to keep the memory of the moving and spontaneous show of solidarity toward the victims. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
Drawing and notes with the colors of French National Flag are displayed to dry on shelves at the City of Paris archive center during a presentation to the press in Paris, France, Tuesday, Dec.15, 2015. The city of Paris has decided to collect and archive the notes and drawings left by passers-by on informal memorials on the sites of the Nov. 13 attacks, to keep the memory of the moving and spontaneous show of solidarity toward the victims. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
A visitor looks at old files in the 'reading room' where historic archived documents can be viewed at the City of Paris archive center during a presentation to the press in Paris, France, Tuesday, Dec.15, 2015. The city of Paris has decided to collect and archive the notes and drawings left by passers-by on informal memorials on the sites of the Nov. 13 attacks, to keep the memory of the moving and spontaneous show of solidarity toward the victims. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
A general view of the 'reading room' where historic archived documents can be viewed at the City of Paris archive center during a presentation to the press in Paris, France, Tuesday, Dec.15, 2015. The city of Paris has decided to collect and archive the notes and drawings left by passers-by on informal memorials on the sites of the Nov. 13 attacks, to keep the memory of the moving and spontaneous show of solidarity toward the victims. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
Drawing and notes with the colors of French National Flag are displayed to dry on shelves at the City of Paris archive center during a presentation to the press in Paris, France, Tuesday, Dec.15, 2015. The city of Paris has decided to collect and archive the notes and drawings left by passers-by on informal memorials on the sites of the Nov. 13 attacks, to keep the memory of the moving and spontaneous show of solidarity toward the victims. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
A visitor looks at old files in the 'reading room' where historic archived documents can be viewed at the City of Paris archive center during a presentation to the press in Paris, France, Tuesday, Dec.15, 2015. The city of Paris has decided to collect and archive the notes and drawings left by passers-by on informal memorials on the sites of the Nov. 13 attacks, to keep the memory of the moving and spontaneous show of solidarity toward the victims. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
Archive boxes in one of the many temperature-controlled storage rooms where historic archived documents are stored on shelves at the City of Paris archive center during a presentation to the press in Paris, France, Tuesday, Dec.15, 2015. The city of Paris has decided to collect and archive the notes and drawings left by passers-by on informal memorials on the sites of the Nov. 13 attacks, to keep the memory of the moving and spontaneous show of solidarity toward the victims. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
Archivist Gerald Monpas displays a Salanter Akiba Riverdale High School from New York's drawing and notes with the colors of French National Flag at the City of Paris archive center during a presentation to the press in Paris, France, Tuesday, Dec.15, 2015. The city of Paris has decided to collect and archive the notes and drawings left by passers-by on informal memorials on the sites of the Nov. 13 attacks, to keep the memory of the moving and spontaneous show of solidarity toward the victims. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
Salanter Akiba Riverdale High School from New York's drawing and notes with the colors of French National Flag with "Stands with Paris" dries on a table at the City of Paris archive center during a presentation to the press in Paris, France, Tuesday, Dec.15, 2015. The city of Paris has decided to collect and archive the notes and drawings left by passers-by on informal memorials on the sites of the Nov. 13 attacks, to keep the memory of the moving and spontaneous show of solidarity toward the victims. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
A road sign in the entrance of the City of Paris archive center during a presentation to the press in Paris, France, Tuesday, Dec.15, 2015. The city of Paris has decided to collect and archive the notes and drawings left by passers-by on informal memorials on the sites of the Nov. 13 attacks, to keep the memory of the moving and spontaneous show of solidarity toward the victims. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
Archivists Gerald Monpas, left, and Mathilde Puntault, work on restauring drawings and notes at the City of Paris archive center during a presentation to the press in Paris, France, Tuesday, Dec.15, 2015. The city of Paris has decided to collect and archive the notes and drawings left by passers-by on informal memorials on the sites of the Nov. 13 attacks, to keep the memory of the moving and spontaneous show of solidarity toward the victims. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
Old registers and books in one of the many temperature-controlled storage rooms where historic archived documents are stored on shelves at the City of Paris archive center during a presentation to the press in Paris, France, Tuesday, Dec.15, 2015. The city of Paris has decided to collect and archive the notes and drawings left by passers-by on informal memorials on the sites of the Nov. 13 attacks, to keep the memory of the moving and spontaneous show of solidarity toward the victims. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
Drawing and notes are displayed to dry at the City of Paris archive center during a presentation to the press in Paris, France, Tuesday, Dec.15, 2015. The city of Paris has decided to collect and archive the notes and drawings left by passers-by on informal memorials on the sites of the Nov. 13 attacks, to keep the memory of the moving and spontaneous show of solidarity toward the victims. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
Old registers in one of the many temperature-controlled storage rooms where historic archived documents are stored on shelves at the City of Paris archive center during a presentation to the press in Paris, France, Tuesday, Dec.15, 2015. The city of Paris has decided to collect and archive the notes and drawings left by passers-by on informal memorials on the sites of the Nov. 13 attacks, to keep the memory of the moving and spontaneous show of solidarity toward the victims. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
Archive boxes in one of the many temperature-controlled storage rooms where historic archived documents are stored on shelves at the City of Paris archive center during a presentation to the press in Paris, France, Tuesday, Dec.15, 2015. The city of Paris has decided to collect and archive the notes and drawings left by passers-by on informal memorials on the sites of the Nov. 13 attacks, to keep the memory of the moving and spontaneous show of solidarity toward the victims. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
A large poster reading "Long Life France Vive La France and Long Life Republique" are displayed to dry on the floor at the City of Paris archive center during a presentation to the press in Paris, France, Tuesday, Dec.15, 2015. The city of Paris has decided to collect and archive the notes and drawings left by passers-by on informal memorials on the sites of the Nov. 13 attacks, to keep the memory of the moving and spontaneous show of solidarity toward the victims. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
Drawing and notes with the colors of French National Flag are displayed to dry on shelves at the City of Paris archive center during a presentation to the press in Paris, France, Tuesday, Dec.15, 2015. The city of Paris has decided to collect and archive the notes and drawings left by passers-by on informal memorials on the sites of the Nov. 13 attacks, to keep the memory of the moving and spontaneous show of solidarity toward the victims. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
Archivist Gerald Monpas displays some drawings at the City of Paris archive center during a presentation to the press in Paris, France, Tuesday, Dec.15, 2015. The city of Paris has decided to collect and archive the notes and drawings left by passers-by on informal memorials on the sites of the Nov. 13 attacks, to keep the memory of the moving and spontaneous show of solidarity toward the victims. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
A pile of drawings from the Bataclan with the Eiffel Tower reading "Stop to the War" sits at the City of Paris archive center during a presentation to the press in Paris, France, Tuesday, Dec.15, 2015. The city of Paris has decided to collect and archive the notes and drawings left by passers-by on informal memorials on the sites of the Nov. 13 attacks, to keep the memory of the moving and spontaneous show of solidarity toward the victims. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
Archivist Mathilde Puntault, left, puts up for drying some drawings from the Bataclan on shelves at the City of Paris archive center during a presentation to the press in Paris, France, Tuesday, Dec.15, 2015. The city of Paris has decided to collect and archive the notes and drawings left by passers-by on informal memorials on the sites of the Nov. 13 attacks, to keep the memory of the moving and spontaneous show of solidarity toward the victims. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
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PARIS (AP) — The city of Paris has decided to collect and archive the notes, poems and drawings left by passers-by on informal memorials at the sites of the Nov. 13 attacks, to keep the memory intact of the moving and spontaneous show of solidarity and compassion toward the victims.

The decision was made the week following the attacks that left 130 people dead, the director of the Archives of Paris, Guillaume Nahon, said Tuesday.

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City teams this month have been carefully gathering the pieces of paper damaged by rain. They have also removed faded flowers and consumed candles and have taken photos of the changing memorials.

"We're trying to combine two objectives: to maintain these memorials during the time of grief and at the same time, to save the tribute notes," Nahon said.

Every day, new messages are left by passers-by, including lots of children drawings.

Hundreds of them are now drying out in the rooms of the Archives of Paris. They will be treated against mold and scanned in order to be available to scientists as well as the public on a future website.

"To Justine, a young girl full of life (...) I will keep in memory these moments of joy and adventure I've spent with you in Santiago de Chile," one letter says, written on a schoolbook page.

Other messages celebrated Paris' lifestyle and used the Eiffel tower or French flag as symbols of peace.

Someone wrote: "We'll keep living, laughing, singing together, refusing the Barbary that kills innocent peoples."

Archivist Mathilde Pintault said "it is important to keep track of the amount of tributes that have been left and the diversity of these tributes, some from children, from older people, from relatives of the victims, from anonymous people."

Archivist Audrey Ceselli told the AP she works with a "sense of urgency" but tries not to read the highly emotional notes in order to be able to do her job.

"To go there is difficult for us, as Parisians ... we are paying attention to the notes because they are fragile, but we don't focus on the substance for now," she said.

The operation is a first for the Archives of Paris. Most of the tributes left following the January attack against satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo have been lost. The city is now trying to gather some photos taken at the time.

Raphaelle Fontaine, 22 year-old student from southwest of France visiting Paris for a few days, felt the need to come to the Bataclan concert hall, the site of the deadliest attack on Nov. 13, to light a candle.

"It would have been even sadder to throw all these messages away. They are part of Paris' history. To me it's a way to keep the victims' memory alive," she said.

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