Last year Sidaction collected 6,450,000 euros, which was used to help finance the prevention and treatment of those infected with Aids or HIV in France and developing countries. It also helped support research.
Television networks and national radio collaborate for the fundraising, and this year the digital television network (TNT) will for the first time dedicate programmes to the call for donations.
Two internet sites, 24 telephone platforms, and more than 4,500 volunteers will help receive donations. But the big innovation is the mobilisation on the internet – sites will be able to solidarity and save pledges from donors online, before referring them to the Sidaction site.
In previous years, French generosity helped enable progress in the fight against HIV and Aids, yet they continue to wreak havoc on peoples' lives.
More than 7,000 people each year discover that they are HIV positive.