A massive dictation event takes over the iconic Champs-Élysées in Paris

The iconic Champs-Élysées in Paris hosted a massive dictation event on Sunday, involving over 5,000 participants.

Event background: The “Giant Dictation” event was run by novelist Rachid Santaki, who started the initiative in 2013 to improve literacy across France.
* The main goal of the event is to have fun with spelling and the French language, and it attracts participants of all ages.

Unique setup: 1,779 desks were organized in rows along the famed boulevard, which was closed to car traffic for the occasion.
* Participants, ranging in age from 10 to 90, transcribed excerpts of text read aloud by journalist Augustin Trapenard, writer Katherine Pancol, and rugby player Pierre Rabadan.

Guinness connection: Guinness World Records reportedly observed the event, although a confirmation from the organization is awaited.

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