Let's get back to WTO. There are some volunteers but our part is paid. The gov't recruited around 200 French/Spanish language helper as these are the official languages of WTO.
It only lasted for six days so it didn't affect me much and I was quite free after I shifted from the main reception desk of the WTO secretariat to NGO computer centre. We spent a lot of time chatting with the NGO guys and the protestion specialists were much warm-welcomed than the president of WTO.
One day, the president, Mr Pascal Lamy, was in front of our desk and we were chatting. No one asked him for photo but when Mr Jose Bove was here, even the gov't officer asked me to take pictures for them and that's why I can send you the photo. They were taken by the officer with their camera.
Frankly, I wanna know more French speaking ppl and join their activities but it turned out I knew more Spanish speaking ppl and made friend with them.
An open party was organised during the Chinese New Year from a HK guy who had lived in France for 10 years and I did have a nice chat with him when he shifted his duty from the conference room to NGO centre. And that's the only French speaking guy I know from WTO.
My friend working in conference room had a better luck as their group was larger and their duty was much 'shifted' so he could have the chance to meet more ppl and made friend with them.
Anyway, it's a very good chance for me. It really doesnt matter whether I can make friend with french or spanish speaking ppl. Yet it is agreed that Spanish speaking ppl are very united here in HK. They have a very strong link and a sense of belongings. While the french are really very individual, very french enough.