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French Festivities in Poland
July 29, 2009   
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It has become a tradition for the French Chamber of Industry and Commerce in Poland (CCIFP) to hold a ball July 14, celebrating France's national holiday. Judging by the number of guests, this year's ball was exceptionally successful. Enjoying glorious weather in the picturesque setting of the Foksal gardens, over 1,000 Francophiles gathered for a party, tasted a selection of wines and danced till dawn.

Apart from bringing together the French community in Poland, the event aims to make Warsaw residents familiar with the French tradition of celebrating July 14, the day the Bastille was stormed in 1789. People in France get together to celebrate and for some time now, the French Chamber of Industry and Commerce in Poland has been organizing its annual event to bring the festive atmosphere to Poland.

During this year's ball, employees of member companies of the French Chamber of Industry and Commerce in Poland, representing French and Polish investors, got to meet in a casual setting and establish contacts with new business partners. Stands where wine was served called to mind Provence and palaces from the days of Louis XVI.

Guests were greeted by François Colombié, the president of the French Chamber of Industry and Commerce in Poland, and Monika Constant, the chamber's director general. Among the guests was Francois Barry Delongchamps, the French ambassador to Poland. He was also the patron of the ball.

The climax of the night was a spectacular fireworks display which impressed guests and Warsaw residents taking a walk down Nowy ¦wiat and in the rest of the Powi¶le district.

E.H.
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