Calins Gratuits (Free Hugs)
On September 22nd, 2006 a video on YouTube showed a man walking through a mall with a big sign "FREE HUGS". People's reactions change from suspicious to eventually accepting a free hug, and then helping out and getting others to join in. Labels: France
By January 4, 2008, the video had been viewed over 22 million times and the phenomenon has spread to many countries.
Free hugs was used by the French ministry of health to raise awarenss of AIDS.
There are Free Hugs campaigns all over France. Visit their website at Calins Gratuits
or ContreDiscrimination or visit the Wikipedia entry for Free Hugs to find out where there is one near you.