New Zealand PM to cut ribbon on giant Paris rugby ball

28th September 2007, Comments 0 comments

28 September 2007, PARIS (AFP) - New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark will visit Paris next week to cut the ribbon on a giant pavillion dedicated to her home country, host of the 2011 Rugby World Cup, embassy officials said.

28 September 2007

PARIS (AFP) - New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark will visit Paris next week to cut the ribbon on a giant pavillion dedicated to her home country, host of the 2011 Rugby World Cup, embassy officials said.

Shaped like a rugby ball, the inflatable pavillion moored to the Champs de Mars near the Eiffel Tower will be inaugurated next Friday, opening to the public from October 6 to 21 with a capacity to host up to 200 people.

Once inside, visitors will be shown a specially-made travel film exploring New Zealand's landscape and culture, projected in 360 degrees onto the pavillion's inner walls.

Clark is to fly in to Paris late Thursday, ahead of the inauguration ceremony Friday morning, followed by talks with French President Nicolas Sarkozy and a meeting with Paris mayor Bertrand Delanoe.

Funded by New Zealand's tourism authority, the giant rugby ball was set up with the help of Paris city authorities to create a link between the current Rugby World Cup hosts and their successors.

AFP

Subject: French news

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