Paris conservatory visit is music to Rice’s ears

8th February 2005, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Feb 8 (AFP) - US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice was to show a different side of her character in Paris towards the end of a tour aimed at smoothing transatlantic ties, with a trip to a Paris conservatory.

PARIS, Feb 8 (AFP) - US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice was to show a different side of her character in Paris towards the end of a tour aimed at smoothing transatlantic ties, with a trip to a Paris conservatory.

An accomplished pianist, whose first name was inspired - according to her official biography - by the Italian musical notation "con dolcezza" (gently), Rice had asked for the visit to be included on her already packed itinerary.

Rice arrived Tuesday in the French capital amid tight security on the sixth leg of an eight-nation of Europe.

After giving a major speech on transatlantic ties to students at the National Foundation for Political Sciences and meeting with President Jacques Chirac, she was due to drop in on the Hector Berlioz conservatory in the 10th district.

The conservatory, founded in 1950, which teaches music, theatre and dance to some 1,300 pupils, has been given approval by the US security services for the visit.

© AFP

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