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The iconic Champs-Élysées in Paris was taken over by writers on Sunday in perhaps the world’s largest-ever dictation event.
Instead of car traffic, the famed boulevard was covered by some 1,779 desks organized into rows for the more than 5,000 applicants chosen to participate in the exercise, the AFP reported.
“It’s about bringing people together, having fun around spelling and the French language,” Santaki told RFI in 2018. “I often talk about the pleasure of reading, of writing, and that means having fun, we take the drama out of it, turn the experience upside down.”
On Sunday, applicants ranging in age from 10-90 and equipped with a pen and paper attempted over three rounds to transcribe excerpts of text read aloud by three different people: Libraries Without Borders journalist Augustin Trapenard, writer Katherine Pancol and rugby player Pierre Rabadan.
“It was impossible! The dictation was for adults,” said primary school student Antoine, according to AFP. “I only made two mistakes!” Retiree Touria Zerhouni, 65, told the outlet. “I expected it to be much harder.”
Guinness World Records reportedly observed the event, but the group did not immediately respond to a request from NPR.
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