SEPTEMBER 13 2012 20:44h

Croatian Festival opens in Paris

The waters flowing from the Trocadero fountain facing the Eiffel Tower in Paris are froze, February 08, 2012.  A cold snap has been sweeping across Europe with sub-zero temperatures, claiming more than 220 lives. UPI/Eco Clement

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ZAGREB/PARIS, Sept 12 (Hina) - The "Croatie, la voici" Croatian Festival in France began in Paris on Wednesday with a reception at the French Culture and Communications Ministry. The festival lasts until December, presenting Croatia's culture, education, science, tourism, economy, sport and gastronomy.

The reception for representatives of the media, the diplomatic corps, institutions and sponsors was preceded by a meeting between Croatian Culture Minister Andrea Zlatar Violic and her French counterpart Aurelie Filippetti.

Speaking to Hina, Zlatar Violic said they discussed concrete cooperation, including contracts on film co-productions and Croatia's presentation in Marseille, next year's European capital of culture, and many other topics.

The reception was addressed by French Institute president Xavier Darcos.