When the first wave of Syrians and Iraqis arrived at this northwestern Paris suburb, Nabil Seghari signed up to volunteer with the Catholic charity spearheading the welcome efforts.
"I'm a Muslim working for a Christian association," said Seghari, whose parents moved here from Tunisia. "For me, it doesn't matter who is Christian, who is Muslim, who is coming from Mars. They're all human beings. I wanted to offer them a smile and bit of happiness after their terrible travels."
Busloads of refugees began arriving from Munich last week in Cergy-Pontoise and several other French towns, after the leftist government announced it would help out an overwhelmed Germany.