In 1987, Didier Lestrade - who was journalist for a cultural magazine at that time - is sent to New York to write about this new activist group called ACT UP. He went to an ACT UP meeting and was stupefied by the energy and the fury of the group, and assisted in a public action.
After coming back to Paris, he felt a lack of activist action against AIDS in France. He would take action and import a new kind of fight against AIDS. He asked Luc Coulavin and Pascal Loubet, two friends of his who were also journalists, to join him to create the organization. On June 26th 1989, Gay Pride's Day, they created ACT UP Paris.
At the creation of ACT UP Paris, a new form of fight against HIV/AIDS is born in France which took place on a political field. ACT UP Paris is built on the same model of ACT UP New York, its iconography, its rules and its structure have been reused. But aesthetically, ACT UP Paris have never reach the level of his american model. However, because the large number of journalists, writers, and university professors in the organization, ACT UP Paris produced a high level writing.
As in New York, the effectives and the power of ACT UP Paris has fallen in the mid-90's but the group has surmounted, and the members have adapted their concerns on current matters like the equality of the rights between straight and LGBT people, sex workers, access and treatment for all people living with HIV/AIDS worldwide, access to medical cannabis, opening of shooting galleries for drugs users, and the access of health care services for migrants living with HIV/AIDS in France...
A lot of little direct actions are still organized by each caucus, so ACT UP Paris remains present and active in France today.