In China, the "French Culture Year" will begin soon with French president
Jacque Chirac's visit to China. A reporter from CCTV is interviewing Alain
Lombard, commissioner general of the "French Culture Year" .
F: We are going to bring about 200 programmes with diversified subjects, which will cover, for example, French cultural relics, modern stage arts and achievements in science and technology.º
F: We will arrange some large-scale activities, for example, the "Forbidden City Concert" at the opening ceremony which will expect a large audience of 15,000, and the "Grand Picnic" on the Great Wall where tens of thousands of people will be able to taste the delicacies from France. º
F: A series of exhibitions will be staged in other cities such as Shanghai, Chongqing, Guangzhou, Chengdu, Wuhan, Shenzhen and Hong Kong, introducing French achievements in fields of photography, architecture and city development. º
F: France is not just a romantic country. It is also a modern country, a country with advanced industry, agriculture, science and technology and education, a country that is full of vigor and creativity. We hope the French Culture Year will enable Chinese people to get to know France in an all-round way and feel its creativity. º
F: I personally admire Chinese culture very much and I have read a number of Chinese books such as the Water Margin, the Golden Lotus, the Dream of Red Mansion. In the past, China was a "mysterious" and "ancient" country for most of the French. Through the Chinese Culture Year, new impressions have been formed on China. I therefore would have the same expectations for the French Culture Year. º