"I'm a Muslim, but I'm told that I'm a terrorist," he wrote on a placard on the floor next to him.
"I trust you, do you trust me? If yes, HUG ME," read the second message.
A crowd of Parisians gathered around; many hugged the man, others took photos, and some got emotional.
"I would like to thank every one of you for giving me a hug," he said at the end of the action, taking off his blindfold.
"I did this to send a message to everyone. I am a Muslim, but that doesn't make me a terrorist. I never killed anybody."
"A terrorist is a terrorist, someone willing to kill another human being over nothing. A Muslim would never do that. Our religion forbids it."