Wow. I've realized this today. We've founded that user group in 2003, when I've proposed a Pythoneers meeting in Paris through my Python/Plone forum.
We've created Afpy.org after that, the non-profit organization, and we had many meetings since then, including various Pycon France.
Many people I've met through the Afpy are now people that I consider friends for life, even if I don't see them much these days.
And Python still rocks 8 years after we've started all of this, getting bigger and bigger every year, thanks to the awesome leadership of Guido and all Python core dev.
The bottom line is: if you like Python and don't have a user group in your area, create one.