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Fine cuisine and sports exchanges boost Taiwan-France ties

Fine cuisine and sports exchanges boost Taiwan-France ties

2024-05-14

Every year, France’s foreign missions hold a gastronomy festival called Good France to celebrate the cuisine and culture of the country. The event is held concurrently in 150 countries across five continents, with different themes year to year. In honor of the Paris Olympics, this year’s edition focuses on sports as well as food. FTV reporter Stephany Yang spoke to French Representative to Taiwan Franck Paris to find out more.

Students take turns dribbling the ball and taking part in different drills.

As part of the Good France festival, the French Office in Taipei organized a soccer exchange between Yongchun Senior High School and the Lycee International Francais de Taipei. The first half of the day consisted of soccer training.

Nathan
Student
I really liked to play football with the new students that we meet today. We played soccer together. I liked that we mixed the groups to learn more about each other and to make some friendships.

Chiang Mei-ying
Student
I think the most rewarding part of this experience was learning about French culture. The French students were very enthusiastic and took the initiative to chat with us. They are also very good at languages. We can’t speak English well, so they spoke Chinese with us and they communicate with each other in French. I look forward for them to come to our school for more exchanges.

Latitia Sichere
Student
We are eating a delicious buffet. That is my favorite part because it is better to know new friends.

Lucie Naville
Student
I liked the buffet, playing with the kids, and the cards. That was really fun and the soccer.

In the afternoon, students learned how to cook French dishes. All this was part of the annual Good France gastronomy festival, which this year focused on sports as well as food. French Representative to Taiwan Franck Paris says more exchanges like this will be held throughout the year.

Franck Paris
French representative to Taiwan
Yes, there will have other experiences because today is a start. We are starting here in Yongchun because we wanted to thank Yongchun Senior High School to host next year the Franco-Taiwanese schools. That is why we also created the possibility of students from Yongchun and students from LIFT to meet today through football game but also through a nice lunch together. We are going to start today here. We are also going hopefully to go to other schools in Taipei and to promote French language and learning French for Taiwanese students.

Paris is getting ready to host the Olympic Games this summer, where athletes from all over the world, including Taiwan will compete for glory. In addition, Taiwan will have a pavilion of its own at the Cultural Olympiad, a companion event to the Games.

Franck Paris
French representative to Taiwan
We are very proud to hold the Olympics this summer. For a country, it happens once in a century. The last Olympic Games in Paris was in 1924. Just one century before. We are very proud to host Taiwanese sportsmen and sportswomen. We wish them the best of luck. We are also happy that it will also be an opportunity for Taiwan to show its culture to the whole world because there will be a Taiwanese Pavilion in the north of Paris that all people visiting the Olympics will be able to visit.

Paris assumed office in August 2023, after serving as foreign policy adviser to French President Emmanuel Macron. His main goals for his post in Taiwan are to strengthen bilateral ties in the fields of culture and science. He says he hopes to attract more Taiwanese students to study in France.

Franck Paris
French representative to Taiwan
We want the Taiwanese to put France of the map for scientific cooperation, business, and all human connections, including studying in France which can be a good option for Taiwanese students. We are now looking to catch up with the previous number which was around 3,000 Taiwanese students coming to France. We hope to reach this target in the next month.

The Paris Olympics will take place from July 26 to Aug. 11. Throughout the semester, the French Office in Taipei will hold a variety of Olympic-themed events in Taiwan.

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配合巴黎奧運 《味覺.法國》今年主題為「體育與美食」

2024-05-14

每年,法國駐外使館都會舉辦名為《味覺.法國》的美食節,推廣法國的美食和文化。活動在五大洲共150個國家同時舉辦,為何配合巴黎奧運,今年的活動主題是體育與美食。

學生輪流運球,並參加不同的訓練。

響應《味覺.法國》活動,法國駐台北辦事處舉辦永春高中與台北法國中學的足球交流。上午是足球訓練。

[[學生 Nathan]]
"我真的很喜歡和今天遇到的學生一起踢足球。我們一起踢足球。我們把不同的小組混在一起,這樣可以多了解彼此,結交新朋友"

[[永春高生 江美瑩]]
"我覺得這次最大的收穫,就是能夠了解到法國的文化,也覺得法國小孩都很熱情,都會主動的跟我們聊天,他們也很有語言天分,我們英文不行,就跟我們講中文,他們也會互相用法文溝通,也很期待他們可以來我們學校,跟我們交流"

[[學生 Latitia Sichere]]
"我們正在吃豐富的自助餐,這是我最喜歡的部分,因為認識新朋友會更好”

[[學生Lucie Naville]]
"我喜歡自助餐,喜歡和孩子玩,也喜歡打牌,那真的很有趣,足球也很有趣”

下午,學生們學習如何烹飪法式菜餚。這些活動是一年一度的”味覺 法國”美食節的一部分,今年的美食節將焦點放在體育和美食。法國新任駐台代表龍燁表示,全年將舉辦更多這類交流活動。

[[法國駐台代表 龍燁]]
"還會有其他的活動,今天只是一個開始。我們從永春高中開始,為的是感謝永春高中明年主辦法台學校,我們今天透過足球比賽及美味的午餐,為永春和Lift的學生創造了可能性。我們今天就從這裡開始。我們希望去台北的其他學校推廣法語"

今年夏天,巴黎將舉辦奧運會,包括台灣在內,來自全球的運動員將在巴黎同場競技。此外,台灣在巴黎文化奧運活動中還將擁有自己的展覽館。

[[法國新駐台代表龍燁]]
"我們非常自豪能夠在今年夏天舉辦奧運,對一個國家來說是百年一遇,上一次巴黎舉辦奧運是1924年,距今一個世紀。我們非常自豪能夠接待台灣男女運動員。我們也很高興,這將是一個把台灣文化推向全世界的機會,因為巴黎北部將有一個台灣館,所有參觀奧運的人都可以入內"

龍燁於2023年8月上任,他曾擔任法國總統馬克宏非洲事務顧問。在台灣任職的主要目標,是加強文化和科學領域的雙邊關係。他表示,希望吸引更多台灣學生到法國留學。

[[法國駐台代表 龍燁]]
"我們希望台灣人能將法國置於科學合作、商業和所有人際關係的版圖上,包括去法國留學,這對台灣學生來說是一個不錯的選擇,我們希望趕上之前大約3000 名台灣學生來法國的數字,我們希望在下個月達到這一目標。"

巴黎奧運將於7月26日至8月11日舉行。整個夏天,法國駐台北代表處將在台灣舉辦各種奧運主題的活動。

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