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French artist creates 10 new stamp designs for Croix-Rouge

The colourful and distinctive ‘handwriting’ designs by Nice artist Ben go on sale tomorrow. Each pack sold will lead to a donation of €2 to help vulnerable people

A preview of some of the colourful stamps. French artist creates 10 new stamp designs for Croix-Rouge

The colourful stamp designs will go on to raise money for la Croix-Rouge Pic: ToutSurLeTimbre / @toutsurletimbre / La Poste / Ben / Croix-Rouge Francaise

The French artist Ben (full name Ben Vautier) has created 10 new colourful stamp designs for La Poste, to raise money for la Croix-Rouge.

The stamps will go on sale in post offices in Paris from tomorrow, Saturday April 24, and will then be rolled out nationwide.

For each book of stamps sold at €12.80, €2 will go to the Croix-Rouge, equivalent to two complete meals for someone in need.

The amount could also go to help a vulnerable mother to feed her child for a day, or distribute six survival packs to homeless people.

Each stamp measures 38x24mm, and will cost €1.08 individually. Using one will send your letter at the speed of a lettre verte. A total of 500,000 stamps will be printed.

The stamps, in different colours, include phrases such as “every moment is unique”, “we can do it”, “you are incredible”, “we must dare”, “I love life”, and “a big thank you”.

Artist Ben Vautier lives and works in Nice, and is known mainly for his text-based paintings. He is known for his work in defending the rights of minorities in France, and languages such as Occitan.

 

Photo: La Croix-Rouge française / La Poste

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