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Seoul, Paris to Mark 120 Anniversary of Ties
French Envoy Thiebaud to Hold Conference in Seoul
French Ambassador to Seoul Phillippe Thiebaud

French Ambassador to Seoul Phillippe Thiebaud will hold a press conference at the Korea Press Foundation building in downtown Seoul on Feb. 16, 2006 on the occasion of the 120 anniversary of diplomatic relations between Paris and Seoul.

The press conference will start 10: 30 a.m. on the 20 floor of the building for hour-and-a-half briefing for introducing a variety of cultural programs to be held in both countries during this year. The conference will be followed by question and answer session and a buffet lunch at noon.

Regarding the cultural programs to be held in France, the Korean Embassy will hold separate press conference in Paris on Feb. 28, 2006, according to the French Embassy in Seoul.

In the Seoul press conference will attend Korea's honorary committee members including a local actor Lee Byung-Hun, who was appointed last year as ambassador for culture and public relations by the French Embassy in Seoul.

There is a special committee formed by the French Embassy in Seoul and joined by a host of leaders from all sectors of South Korean society including cultural field.

A total of 60 cultural events — exhibition, drama, opera, concert, cinema, education fair, science week — will be held in South Korea from March and December this year in celebration of 120 anniversary of mutual ties.

In December, 2004 South Korean President Roh Moo-Hyun visited Paris and agreed with French Jacques Chirac on boosting bilateral ties to a level of comprehensive partnership in politics, economics,
culture, and science.

The head of states from both countries even agreed to observe the 120 anniversary of diplomatic ties by holding a host of cultural events in both countries.

France and Korea started diplomatic relations on June 4, 1886.

For details or inquiries please contact press officer Miss Shim Young-Sub of the French Embassy in Seoul at 82-2-3149-4333.






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