Celebration of the French National Day 2017 in Kolkata
The Consul General of France in Kolkata Mr. Damien Syed along with his team of the Consulate General of France hosted the French National Day at the Eiffel Ballroom of the Novotel Kolkata Hotel And Residences on Friday the 14th July 2017 with over 600 guests.
The Chief Guest, Home Secretary of Government of West Bengal, Mr. Atri Bhattacharya, joined Mr. Syed in raising a champagne toast to the excellent relationship of friendship between France and India.
The Consul general’s speech shared insights about the historic storming of the Bastille in 1789 and the values of the French Republic.
He spoke of the recent interactions between the newly elected French President Emmanuel Macron and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi last month in Paris.
Mr. Syed emphasized how the French presence in India is developing through economic cooperation, academic programmes and cultural exchanges like the third edition of “Bonjour India” scheduled from November 2017 until February 2018.
This year’s reception marked a unique photo exhibition: the works of Mr. Marc Salesse, Head of the Visa section at the French Consulate who is recovering from recent accident, featuring some of his beautiful pictures of France.
The evening was dotted with celebrities like artists, film directors, actors and fashion designers.
Qatar Airways declared, from among the guests, the winner of a lottery with a gift prize of two tickets to Paris.
The interactive sections like the selfie booth marked prominently by the easel of Mona Lisa were very popular.
An art installation featuring a reproduction of Arc de Triomphe in perspective stood tall in all its magnificence.
Two French aided NGO’s were associated to the event: Shuktara Cakes preparing famous French pastries and Café Toto serving caramel crêpes to our invitees.
The finest of French classical cuisine was curated by Novotel Sous Chef Neelabh Sahay with a 17 course gourmet selection, ranging from some very fine cuts of lamb, pork, salmon, the finest cheeses, the crustiest breads tossed back with some very well aged French wine and delectable French desserts.