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Science Day at Ecole Polytechnique

Every year, Ecole Polytechnique participates in this national event. It is also celebrating this year its 225 years of existence.

It has opened its doors to the general public to give it the opportunity to meet researchers, doctoral students, students and students. About twenty stands, each was able to exchange with them on their work and scientific advances in the fields of astronomy, biology, chemistry, mathematics, meteorology, microscopy, physics, energy, ecology …

A laboratory director impressed visitors with a revolutionary and particularly ingenious sundial: a digital 3D printing sundial!

Researchers and professors talked about scientific news and presented important concepts at conferences.
Gérard Mourou, Nobel Prize in Physics 2018 presented his research on lasers.

It has been learned that chemists tackle major environmental issues such as the scarcity of strategic resources and the recovery of polluting waste.

Daniel Suchet has “done science with Starwars”. What is the Force? What about the lightsaber? Science fiction to illustrate the scientific process.
Tahar Amari made us discover “the weather of space”. The activity of the sun, mainly solar flares, influences the climate. Thus, the reign of Louis XIV, the Sun King, was especially cold because of a deficit in sunspots. It was Louis XIV who created the Paris Observatory, paving the way for reliable observations.
Global warming is not just due to human activity. It contributes, however, to a large extent.

Finally, visits to laboratories – the X research center has 23, in partnership with the CNRS – have made it possible to discover the world of the researcher. The LPICM, Laboratory of Interfaces and Thin Film Physics, equipped with impressive repository reactors, manufactures especially new generation electronic components for the conversion and storage of solar energy – useful for photovoltaic sensors – as well as for biomedical imaging. The Gustave Roussy hospital has been able to develop a device that detects cancer of the uterus.

The Science Fair 2019 took place from October 5th to 13th in France.

It will take place from 9 to 17 November overseas and internationally.

Thousands of free events open to everyone!
Created in 1991, the Fête de la Science is organized every year by the Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation to enable everyone to discover the world of science and meet the women and men who do the science of today.

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“Utopia”, the event “Hello Brand” in partnership with Alibaba / Tmall

The most anticipated event of the year in terms of design and brand “BONJOUR BRAND” was held at the Center Georges Pompidou in Paris on October 1 before politicians, 10 Chinese celebrities, designers, media , 100 influencers from both countries and French-Chinese partners.

Since its creation in 2014, “BONJOUR BRAND” has been held in emblematic and prestigious places in France or China. This is how the first edition was held on Place Vendôme in Paris. It was not until 2016 that the next one was held at the People’s Assembly Palace in Beijing, and it was the French capital that had the honor of hosting the following three editions: at UNESCO Headquarters in 2017 , at the Town Hall last year and finally at the Center Georges Pompidou this year.

“BONJOUR BRAND” has as honorary president the former French Prime Minister, Mr. Jean-Pierre RAFFARIN. Supported by the Paris City Hall, the “PROSPECTIVE and INNOVATION” Foundation, incubator of collaborations between French creators and Chinese brands. It is a must-attend event, the annual opportunity to celebrate the value of brands and initiate many international meetings and collaborations, the alliance of French creativity with the new market of Chinese innovations. For the past 4 years, there have been 550 French designers, 120 collaborations, 3,000 B toB meetings, 680 Chinese companies, 86 French and Chinese speakers, 1,200 media coverage and 28 million audience members.

The evening event was the starting point of a 3-day program. The second day, reserved for the inauguration of this new edition, took place at the Théâtre de Paris (75009) around “Master Talks” and “Round Tables” on the themes of Youth, Trends and Data. The 3rd day saw the opening of the showroom, pop-up shop, “CENTER ARTASIA” quai de la Megisserie (75001) where creations can be discovered until the end of the year through ephemeral showrooms.

Placed under the sign of creativity, openness and exchange, the evening-show-event: “Utopie”, in partnership with the Alibaba group, was in Paris, capital of fashion, for the annual celebration of brands. It has unveiled at the international level new creations resulting from Franco-Chinese collaborations while contributing to communication at the industrial level. All the leading brands in their respective fields, whose number of points of sale vary between one hundred and more than 8,000, were gathered on this occasion to achieve four objectives:

• Promote new products co-created by France and China through the artistic presentation.
• Touch the new middle class of 200 million young Chinese consumers to bring them surprise and satisfaction.
• Propose an effective modality in a healthy and mutually respectful environment for collaboration with carefully selected brands and companies
• Optimize the traffic and seduce the young Chinese generation through a targeted and effective communication strategy with the support of the Alibaba Group.

Major Chinese brands included Hua Wei, China’s leading technology and communications company; Feiyue, the most representative shoe brand for young Chinese people; Hero, 86-year-old pen mark, the most representative of Shanghai; Yunnanbaiyao, 110-year-old pharmaceutical brand based on Chinese medicine; or even Vitasoy; Yili; Lenovo; Kangnai; Bojem or Freemore and of course the Alibaba / Tmall Group, China’s largest e-commerce group, but also the largest BtoC payment and retail platform …

The site has attracted 140 million visits for 3 days on the special page, both on the 80 million related topics than on the newspaper articles (more than 30 million views).
Between 5 million and 30 million active users are counted on social networks.

More than 600 guests were welcomed by Jing Yang founder of BONJOUR BRAND, Chris Tung CMO Alibaba Group and Serge Lasvignes President of the Center Pompidou, in a setting (artistic installation and light games) directed by Chinese and French artists, a short – 5 minute set-up, supported by sponsorship was shot and broadcast in China as the main communication medium. Matthieu POLI, French designer, is the designer of the artistic installations and the sound and light show. The creative performance animated by artist SADE ONE / Eugène Riconneaus and designer Eric Bongiovanni.

As for the products, they were designed by 40 French designers selected by “Bonjour Brand” and associated with 40 Chinese brands chosen by “Alibaba / Tmall”; the opportunity to discover more than 150 new exhibits live in a very artistic way. Here is the list of pairs:

Eric Bongiovanni for FEIYUE, Nathalie Sokierka for BOJEM, Eric Berthes for SHEDE, Ludovic Alban for AIDEBAOU, Christophe Lhote for ROMANTI, Paul Bertrand Mathieu for JING, Firouza Houberdon for BOJEM, Florent Coirier for FREEMORE, Florence NGUYEN for CACAVEI, Eugene Riconneaux for LEMON TEA, Ludovic Alban for NINETYGO, William RIgoulet for CAIZHI, Anne Lise Franjou for Gillivo, Vincent Du Sartel for CHACHA, Thomas V for ACE, Gabrielle Beau
for YOUBO, Valérie Cabanetos for HONGU, Margaux DURIEUX for Vibert Frères, Charline AYME for HERO, Gerald Galdini for WU FANG AHZI, Nicolas Damien for SATINE, Sophie SCHOTT for ZHI WAI GUAN, Laure Meyrieux for YUN NAN BAI YAO.

Among the invited brands was FREEMORE, a brand of diapers and feminine protection. The French designer associated with him, Florent Coirier, designed the packaging by highlighting the ecological and luxurious side. The brand has existed for 19 years but is only exploited for the moment.in China. The leader was in Paris for the first time to better know the habits of French women and make contacts to expand the brand in France.

Another exclusivity is the Wall-DXXD Shoes only made of shoes hung in such a way that they reveal the word “BONJOUR”. The shoes are creations of the designer Eric Bongiovanni (shoe designer for brands LV, Chanel and TOD’S) in association with the Chinese manufacturer Feiyue trendy sports shoes.

The Franco-Chinese co-creation forum “BONJOUR BRAND” was held on October 2nd at the Théâtre de Paris (75009) around the principle “In the Air”. During the morning, master talks were held in the presence of high-level speakers who are French and Chinese opinion leaders who came to talk about the creation of synergy between the two countries, including Jean-Pierre Raffarin, former Prime Minister Minister, Honorary Member of Parliament; Pascal Morand, Executive Chairman of the Federation of Haute Couture and Fashion; Laurent Boillot, CEO of Guerlain; Gao Hongbing, Vice President of Alibaba Group and Chris Tung, CMO of Alibaba group, came to France for the first time to explain how the evolution of digital shakes established models and how China has evolved through the expansion of digital to through 100 concrete case with 30 leading Chinese brands.

The creator and designer of the Hello Brand platform, Jing Yang spoke about design, digital, which is mainly a way of life in China. He proposed the 3 topics of the afternoon round tables: “Youth”, “Trends” and “Data” to prepare the creative collaborations between the 2 countries.

Former Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin presented the design certificates to Chacha in the company of Emmanuel Grégoire, Deputy Mayor of Paris and Pascal Morand, Executive President of the Federation of Haute Couture and Fashion ( organizer of Paris Fashion Week), during the China-France Brand Summit Forum at the Opera on October 2nd.

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Popular and festive white night

Nathalie GREGO

It was in a festive and colorful atmosphere that took place “Nuit Blanche 2019. The rain, although threatening, did not bother the festivities and the Parisians came by millions to enjoy this spectacular show. order was the movement.

For this edition, visual artists from all sides, works and the public were invited to circulate throughout Paris. The latter was able to attend the “Great Crossing”, that is to say, the great artistic parade that took its place on the Place de la Concorde to end the Bastille. The audience also interacted with artists from all walks of life and icing on the cake, Parisian cyclists had the joy of owning for a few hours (from 19h to 6h30), a section of the ring road.

Parade artists including Shana Moulton and her giant hand; Pascal Marthine Tayou who showed us a forest in motion where characters dance on the background of Cameroonian music (performance hailed by the Mayor of Paris, Mrs. Hidalgo accompanied by the artistic director of the event Didier Fusillier); Daniel Buren who offered his July, Place de la Bastille.

Among the walking artists Parisians had the pleasure of meeting, Pilar Albarracin, who wandered alongside women dressed in traditional flamenco costumes, denounced violence against women. Raphaëlle De Groot went to meet the people of the Parisian suburbs in the form of workshops started a week before the festivities.

Do not forget, cyclists who were able to enjoy in a popular atmosphere, in “sport” mode or “family” of a protected path within this light bridge that constitutes the Parisian ring road. On a totally different note, concerts at the “Philharmonie de Paris” or at the Ladoumègues gymnasium delighted music lovers until late at night.

“Nuit Blanche” encourages social ties and diversity by bringing together more than one million participants every year. The public was again this year. For the first time, the event spread to the entire metropolis, making it shine beyond the Parisian territory. All thanks to the support of the “Metropolis of Greater Paris”. The event has therefore largely invested other municipalities through different artistic events, showcasing their talents. A very positive assessment for this edition that makes us look forward to the appointment next year.

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“Castles in Spain”: unfeasible projects

“Building castles in Spain”! That means having unfeasible projects.

For Spain is considered to have few castles, which in the 15th century would have deprived the Moors of the possibility of taking refuge in a residence that would guarantee their safe retirement when the Christian kingdoms took over the Peninsula.

However, in Aragon, a former kingdom and the current autonomous community of Spain, you can see many of them, including two very impressive ones, in Loarre and Uncastillo.

Loarre Abbey Castle is one of the best preserved Roman fortresses in Europe, considered the oldest Roman-style castle in Spain.

In the 11th century. Sancho Ramírez, king of Aragon and Navarre, had this inextricable fortress built at an altitude of 1070 m and set up a monastery there.

As you approach this impressive eagle’s nest, you will be struck by the beauty and tranquility of the site. Once you have crossed the fortifications flanked by round towers, you enter the castle through a majestic vaulted staircase leading to a Romanesque church and, through a maze of passageways, you arrive at a massive dungeon from which you can discover a huge panorama of the Ebro Depression.

Huge reservoirs collected 80,000 liters of rainwater.
Forgetfuls were used as a pantry by the monks, then as a prison by the nobles who then took possession of the castle.

Loarre is the finest example of the Spanish fortifications, representing one of the best specimens of military and civil architecture in Europe and was declared a cultural heritage and national monument in 1906.

In Uncastillo, the fortress was also built in the 11th century, but by the Muslims in order to defend their borders and control Christian expansion.

The Iberian peninsula was then, since 711, under Muslim domination and was called Al-Andalus until the fall of Granada in Andalusia in 1492.

Two large square towers, two wall walls uniqueness at a time when the castles only have one. We walked into the towers on the first floor through a rope ladder. In the 14th century, fireplaces improve comfort and a Gothic Palace is added. A prosperous city will expand around the fortress, which will, however, experience periods of incessant wars throughout the Middle Ages.

The Spanish builders have successfully carried out their architectural projects!

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Visit of the Kering headquarters and Balanciaga House during the European Heritage Days

The 36th edition of the European Heritage Days took place on September 21 and 22. to introduce the public to places unknown or unexpected and full of history.

“Heritage is our pride, it is our roots, it is the witness of the building genius who for centuries has spoken in our country,” said the Minister of Culture, Franck Riesler in his editorial about the event taking place on the 60th anniversary of the Ministry of Culture.

As every year, the theme has been set by the Council of Europe and the European Commission. Most of the 50 countries that have signed the European Cultural Convention have taken up this theme, “Arts and Entertainment”, which was in agreement with the various heritage areas: shows, parties, games and toys as well as sports… It was therefore the opportunity to enter the secrets of the most beautiful monuments, civil, religious, military, sports or places of power such as ancient theaters, places of entertainment and entertainment such as fairgrounds, racecourses or stadiums…

In the capital, places have opened for visitors for the first time, such as “La Scala” (75010), the Cirque Bormann-Moreno (75015), the Mogador theater (75009) or the Châtelet theater (75001), which has just been renovated. The major institutions remain the most visited places, starting with the Palais de l’Elysée, the ministries, the Court of Auditors or the Bank of France (some places required prior registration).

Health and digital were also on the program with the Institute of Genetic Diseases “Imagine” and its DNA extraction workshops (75015) or the National Research Institute for Digital Sciences (INRIA) located a few kilometers from the capital in Rocquencourt (78).

The very glamorous fashion scene has also opened its doors, like the Chloé houses, Yves-St-Laurent. In Deauville, the JEP allowed you to follow in the footsteps of Coco Chanel, Yves-St-Laurent or Patou. Back in Paris, a gem of this edition, the head office of Kéring (Pinault Foundation) and Balanciaga unveiled in the 17th century chapel a collection of contemporary art from the Pinault Collection and in the gardens, Balanciaga’s “canvases” (preliminary models in fabric prefiguring Haute Couture dresses).

Located 40 rue de Sèvres (75007), the head office of Kering , a world-class luxury group including Gucci, St Laurent, Bottega Vaneta, Balanciaga, Alexander McQueen, Boucheron and Pomellato, Brioni, Dodo, Qeelin, Ulysse Nardin, Girard-Perregaux and Kering Eyewe, is located in the former Laennec Hospital. Open to the public during Heritage Days since 2016, it offers visitors the opportunity to discover rare archives and the secret of the elegance of the lines of the creations of the Maison Balanciaga.

During this exceptional weekend, works of contemporary art from the Pinault Collection and the exhibition “Pleurs de Joie” with artists Damien Hirst for the cartoon, Sigmar Polke for the circus, Martial Raysse for the popular festival and Claire Tabouret for the carnival were exhibited.

During these two days, the trophy of the French Football Cup, won this year by the Stade Rennais whose owner is the Pinault family, was exceptionally exposed.to the headquarters of the Kering group (formerly PPR) founded in 1963 around wood and building materials and then in the distribution sector in the 1990s and luxury , sport and the “lifestyle” from 2000.

The trophy was created in 1916 at the request of Paul Michaux, President of the Federation of Employers (FGSPF), in memory of Charles Simon, founder of the French International Committee, which will become the FFF, who fell into the field of honor; Created by the Chobillon goldsmith with 3,150 kg of solid silver and placed on a 15 kg marbled base in the Pyrenees, its value was 2,000 francs of the time. It is awarded annually after the final of the French Cup.

The paintings and sculptures exhibited in the chapel are part of the exhibition “Flowers of Joy”, and they are much closer to the theme of entertainment while incorporating the ideas of Blaise Pascal.

-The bronze sculptures of Damien Hirst , a British artist born in Bristol in 1965, a founding member of the group of “Young British Artists” in the late 1980s, and a winner of the “Turner Prize” in 1995 were represented.  During the European Heritage Days, two of them, “Mickey” (2016) and “The Colllector with a Friend” (2016), both from the project “Treasures from the Wreck of the Unbelievable”, which took 10 years of work, were exhibited.

From the moment you enter the chapel, the works of Sigmar Polke, a German artist born in Silesia (Poland) in 1941 and died in Cologne in 2010, introduce you to the theme of entertainment and circus. Founder of “Capitalist Realism” in reference to “Socialist Realism” (official Soviet Union art), he uses printed fabrics as a medium and experiments with new techniques combining pigments, chemical compounds and solvents while reusing abandoned colors such as purple and lapis-lazuli. The paintings of the winner of the “Golden Lion” at the Venice Biennale in 1986, “Zirkusfiguren” (2005) and “Die Trennung des Mondes von den einzelnen Planeten” (2005), integrated into the “Axial Age” cycle (2007) face each other like in a mirror.

-One of the precursors to the American Pop, Martial Raysse unveils one of his creations mixing advertising stereotypes and art history: “No Mediterranean Landscape” (1966). The author of this work, born in Golfe-Juan in 1936, lives in Dordogne and has developed his talents as a self-taught artist. it combines painting and assembly combining photography, collage and ordinary objects.

-Claire Tabouret is the last artist highlighted in this exhibition. Born in France in 1981, Virtuose in her field, she lives in Los Angeles where she makes her paintings painted in acrylic, so you could admire “Les Insubmitted” (2013) representing 38 teenagers with a captivating look in Carnival attire and “Les Veilleurs (2014) armed with light sticks to watch before the assault.

Almost half of the old Laennec hospital is made up of gardens; historically, the site had 14,000 of them, including 3,500 of vegetable gardens, they were maintained by the sick of the “Hospice des Incurables” and were recreated according to ancient drawings. Here you will find plant species that were common in Europe in the 17th and 18th centuries, fruit trees and perennial plants. This idyllic venue was therefore ideal for the Balanciaga exhibition, which brought together the raw cotton “canvases” put up in volumes on models and taken straight out of the archives of the great fashion house of designer Cristobal Balanciaga who developed his vision of sewing in the way of developing his art through the body, the garment, the cut and the materials he used, the most iconic being gazette ar , a simple woven silk fabric made with woven double twisted threads, as stiff as aluminum, allowing to mark the volume,

For the event, 18 semi-paintings were presented in the gardens as statues. To create a garment, it all starts with a sketch that turns into a canvas that will be the basis of it. Cristobal Balanciaga was the only one making his own paintings. Coco Chanel said of him “that he was the only true designer of his time since he could draw, cut, assemble, and sew the clothes he signed.”

The canvases are usually made of unbleached cotton cut in fine and dry percale, thicker prepared serge or tarlatane, depending on the fabric in which the model will be made. Annotations of Balanciaga are written on the direction of the fabric (full-bias or straight-wire), lines and frames are guides, points in different colors indicate the adjustments to be made according to the morphology of the client whose name is inscribed on the canvas.

A few words about Critobal Balanciaga (1895-1972) who created the Balanciaga House in San Sebastian in 1917. He settled in Paris in 1937 after fleeing the Spanish Civil War. It is a forerunner, creating an avant-garde and refined style using new materials and becoming the fashion designer of stars like Grace Kelly, Ava Gardner or Marlène Diétrich… New art director since 2015, Demna Gvasalia continues her vision ..

The visit ends with a virtual experiment in collaboration with the French start-up Timecope., offering a journey through time around the chapel and the former hospital whose purpose was to welcome the sick too seriously ill or too poor to be received elsewhere, the conditions being to be Catholic and to donate all his belongings to the hospice; everyday life was monastic there.

Since its foundation in 1634, the Hospice des Incurable has closed several times, the first of which was in 1869. Reopened the following year, it became a hospital in 1874 and became known as Laennec, inventor of the stethoscope in 1879, although there was never a practice..Sold in the 1990s to finance the construction of the Georges Pompidou hospital. A major renovation work began in 2010, when the old medical buildings were renovated to house the Kering headquarters and the Balanciaga House, and the historic parts were rehabilitated.

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JEP in Lyon: Our Lady of Fourvière, the basilica overlooking the city

The religious heritage of the city of Old Lyon includes many religious buildings, including the Basilica of Our Lady of Fourvière built in 1872 for Catholics, as does the Church of St George (also the work of Pierre Bossan), a traditional Catholic parish where the masses are spoken in Latin; The Temple of Change built in 1880 for the Protestants; The Great Mosque inaugurated in 1994; the Great Synagogue built in 1863 or the Boat Chapelle Le Lien, chapel of mariners inaugurated in May 1998 during the Pardon des Mariniers, held every year on the last Sunday of May, it welcomes all those who want to know more about boating life. The Thien Minh Pagoda, built in 1985 thanks to the Vietnamese community, is located in Ste Foy-les-Lyon and is reserved for the Buddhist community.

Located on Fourvière Hill, named after the Latin “Forum vetus” (old forum), a place chosen by the Romans for the foundation of Lyon in 43 BC, the Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière, built on the site of the St Thomas Chapel built in 1168 is one of the most famous monuments of the city of Lyon.  Classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and listed as the first tourist site in the Rhône-Alpes Auvergne region, it stands out for its appearance as a citadel outside and its mosaics retracing the history of the Virgin Mary, its stained glass windows and its marbles inside. The crypt, dedicated to St. Joseph, houses a statue of “St. Joseph to the Child” in Fabish and stained glass windows depicting the symbols of the Eucharist. To the right of the basilica, a chapel dedicated to the Virgin Mary, built in the 12th century remains the historical and religious heart. Founded in 1192, partially demolished in 1562 during the Religion Wars, and then rebuilt, its walls are adorned by ex-voto painted on canvas at the end of the 17th century. A few meters away the St Thomas Chapel dedicated to St Thomas of Canterbury, who died in martyrdom in 1170, is a place of prayer and worship of the St Sacrement.

Built at the end of the 19th century in neo-Gothic architecture, the basilica is dedicated to the Virgin Mary; it is attributed to legends which are based on wishes given to Notre-Dame de Fourvière, such as that of Anne of Austria, who could not have a child and whose prayer was heeded. His husband, Louis XIII decided to dedicate the Kingdom of France to the Virgin Mary. It is also said that it protected the city from plague in 1642 by the gift of a huge candle and a gold shell made by the Echevins and merchants who stopped the spread of the disease 20 days later.

Following a promise made by the Lyonnais to their archbishop, Bishop of Denouilhac, to build a basilica dedicated to the Virgin if the city was spared by the Prussians, construction, contemporary to that of the Sacré-Coeur and Notre-Dame-de-la-Garde, began in 1872 by the Lyon architect Pierre Bossan and later his disciple Louis Ste Marie Perrin who succeeded him after his death in 1888.

Although inaugurated in December 1896 (the date of September 8 was postponed to that of the “Feast of the Immaculate Conception” on December 8 after the weather gave rise to the “Feast of Enlightenment”), the work will not be completed until after World War II. A bronze statue of John Paul II (3.05 m high) by Elisabeth Cibot, blessing the city when it came to Lyon in October 1986, was erected on October 4, 2011 on the square of the basilica. The basilica is 86 m long and 35 m wide; its height at the top of the towers reaches 48 m, its organ was built in 1896 by Michel Merklin and restored a century later. A few meters from the basilica, you will notice the presence of a small Eiffel Tower built by the anti-Calotins who have contributed to show their opposition.

A mixture of Byzantine, Gothic, and Roman art, with ten-century architectural elements, it evokes St. Jacques-de-Compostela… Its crenelated fortifications with jachicoulis evoke a medieval building, as do its 4 octagonal corner towers, reminiscent of the four legs of a pachyderm, hence the nickname of spilled elephant.. A statue of the Virgin by Joseph-Hugues Fabisch overlooks the building, dominated by a dome on the 3-story bell tower (a medieval first floor on a square 2-story base, the third of which is an octogonal plane.

For visitors, there are 2 ways to get there, in a “string” (name given to the funiculars of Lyon, 3 of which have disappeared, including the one of the Croix Rousse). It lays in front of the basilica tourists and young musicians who study at the Conservatoire de musique located on the top of the hill. The other existing “string” is that of St-Just which leads to the Roman Theaters and is very used during the Festival.

For sports enthusiasts, a walk through the Jardin du Rosaire takes the stairs from the rise of the Chazeaux near the ECAM engineering school in Lyon. After a statue of Jesus, an alley with the stations of the Chemin de la Croix allows you to access a platform showing a panorama of the city including the St Jean cathedral, the Bellecour square, the Saône and the Rhône and the semi-cylindrical roof of the Opera that the Lyonnais have dubbed “Le Tonneau” since the renovation.

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MARAIS: the history of authentic architecture and buildings classified as historical monuments

The district’s reputation and its dynamism come in particular from the fact that it was the first place in Paris and the district is also internationally known by history enthusiasts.

The Marais is one of the city’s trendiest districts, with a popular atmosphere and authentic architecture. Visiting the Marais is a must for tourists wanting to discover the Monuments, the Museums to visit, the numerous private hotels from the Renaissance period, almost all entirely preserved, as well as for its museums, such as the Carnavalet Museum, which traces the history of the city, along the centuries through works of art but also souvenirs and objects from the great periods of the capital.

Nearly 141 buildings classified as historical monuments such as the Place des Vosges, where many artists and politicians live, “Le Marais” is also an emblematic artistic place where you can find a multitude of art galleries and museums dedicated to such as the National Museum of Picasso.

A few steps away, we continue our path through the Place des Vosges and the collections of works by French and European artists of the Galerie du Marais, between the Museum of Art and History of Judaism (71 rue du temple) and the National Picasso Museum (5 rue de Thorigny) as well as the Maison de Victor Hugo and other galleries.

After the Seine had taken the course we know it today, the arm that passed to the north, at the foot of the hills of Belleville and Montmartre, fought and formed a swamp belt, these were crossed, very early on, by a few major lines of communication in the district, the present rue St Martin and rue St Antoine appeared from the Roman period.

Emperor Charles le Chauve gave the abbey of Ste Opportune the marshes that it put on grassland before alienating part of it into plowing land in 879.
These lands were transformed into “marshes”, a Parisian word used for vegetable and aromatic crops, at the end of the Middle Ages, many of these “marshes” were planted with fruit trees.
Religious establishments, including these, were responsible for this conquest of the marshes and their settlement: St Martin des Champs and the house of the Temple.

Around 1360, the future Charles V, still a dolphin, began to build a new enclosure encompassing a territory larger than the previous one.
The Marais district is thus annexed to the city and received its consecration when Charles V, fleeing his palace (now the Palais de Justice) following riots, prefers the St Paul hotel, located between St Antoine street and the quay, his son Charles VI, to which the doctors advise to entertain, in fact the house of the “Happy Fights”.

In the 18th Century, the royal square (now Place des Vosges), created on the order of Henry IV, became the heart of the Marais, becoming a place of elegance and festivities. It was through her that princes and ambassadors who made their solemn entrances to Paris used to pass to be admired.

The great lords and courtiers build splendid houses around them decorated by the best artists of the Great Century.
At the Marais, the style of the French-style private mansion was developed at the time, a classic and discreet building between courtyard and garden sheltered from the street and its inconveniences, and the precious, philosophers and libertines held brilliant lounges. Musicians and speakers make the vaults of St Paul and St Gervais sound.

The capture of the Bastille marks the end of the residential Marais.
Hotels were often abandoned, sold or seized; their owners emigrated to the provinces or outside the kingdom, some arrested, died under the guillotine.

All walks of life, until the beginning of the 20th century, showed an equal flippancy towards this unfortunate neighborhood.
Only the need to set up administrations allowed the rescue of certain monuments that suffered from their new assignments ( Hotels de Soubise , Rohan , Carnavalet , Le Peletier ).

The Old Paris commission, created in 1897, advised the city on the choice of monuments to keep. The latter, assisted by the state, was able to buy hotels to allocate them to a destination worthy of their past ( Aubert de Fontenay hotel called “Salé” today, Picasso museum ).
In 1962, under the leadership of André Malraux, the “Saved neighborhood” law grants grants to restore private hotels. This news brought a social transformation to the neighborhood: the craftsmen have gone away with a better environment.

Today, some accuse the Marais of having lost its popular life and of being a ‘museum district’ visited by tourists.

So the Marsh has gradually returned from the beginning of the 20th century to its lustre, its 17th and 18th century greatness, which the Parisians, it seems, had forgotten too quickly after the Revolution.

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Charity Day Helps the Poor and the Sick

For the 15th year, Charity Day was held on September 11 in the market room of Aurel BCG, a Parisian subsidiary of BCG Partners, the world leader in brokerage in financial markets.

On this occasion, personalities are mobilizing in 22 countries to raise as much money as possible for their respective associations by playing brokers to improve the lives of people, and mostly children who are in need or distress.

Paying tribute to the 658 employees of BGC, the American investment bank Cantor Fitzgerald LP and the 61 employees of Eurobrokers who perished in the attack on the World Trade Center in New York on September 11, 2001, is the main purpose of this event, which has enabled 170 associations to raise $160 million worldwide since 2 0005 thanks to the personalities and clients of BCG Partners who lend themselves to play and mobilize around this day every year. Each subsidiary defines the association sector which it wishes to help and gives the associations the full turnover made that day.

This year, guests from artists, comedians, journalists, sportsmen, politicians, anchors and beauty queens, and even the British royal family, have defended the colors of their associations in every BCG office around the globe, including London, New York, Hong Kong, Singapore, Sydney, Sao Paulo, and Paris. . This is how they partnered with the brokers who guided them in the registration of stock exchanges. In New York, Cindy Crawford, Tony Blair, Rachael Ray, Henrik Lundqvist, John Slattery, Spencer Dinwiddle and many others have become ambassadors, while in London, His Highness Prince Harry ended his speech with 1 trillion pounds Sterling for Invictus Games, which he represented. Meanwhile, Sarah Fergusson, former wife of Prince Andrew who nearly lost her life on September 11, 2001, is the patron of the Street Child Association to help the children of Sierra Leone, Liberia, Nigeria, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, DRC, Uganda and Bangladesh. Other celebrities participated like Kit Harrington or Cheryl Cole…

In France, 60 celebrities gathered in the market room for the good cause, 8 associations including 3 new this year (Fondation pour la recherche AVC by Professor Jean-Louis Mas, Children of Bam and Sauveteurs sans frontières) became involved. It is also noted that 4 associations (Hope Suburbs, Children of Bam in Burkina Fasso, Good Fairy and World Kings) are fighting against sick or disadvantaged children, a cause that is important to Aurel BGC. The Arthritis Foundation and the ICM Foundation of Professor Saillant complete the list.

Among the 60 sponsors and godfathers, 41 of them participated for the first time, among them Marc Lavoine, Alain Chamfort, Elisa Tovati, Louane, Michel Lebb, Bernard de la Villardière, Claire Chazal, Apolline de Malherbe or Bruno Guillon as well as several Miss France… . Among the regulars, you will find Philippe Candéloro, Paul Belmondo, Valérie Damidot, Richard Orlinski, Michel Boujnah, Sylvie Tellier and other Miss France…

The association “Les Bonnes Fées”, founded in 2015, works for children as well as the most deprived, isolated or ill. To date, it has 17 beauty queens. This year, Sylvie Tellier once again was present surrounded by 12 Miss France elected in the last 2 decades and Bruno Guillon.

The Good Fairy collect funds, redistribute them and intervene on programs at health-care institutions. They conduct field operations to raise public awareness. Last year, their actions opened the first Maison des Bonnes Fées at the Lorraine Institute of Cancerology, a wellness area reserved for cancer patients.

The 2019 edition welcomed 5 new Miss France awards: Vaimalama Chaves (Miss France 2019), Sophie Thalmann (Miss France 1998), Rachel Legrain-Trapani (Miss France 2007), Marine Lorphin (Miss France 2013) and Chloe Mortaud (Miss France 2009) who joined Linda Hardy (Miss France 1 992), Mareva Galanter (Miss France 1999), Camille Cerf (Miss France 2015), Maeva Coucke (Miss France 2018), Melody Vilbert (Miss France 1995), Alexandra Rosenfeld (Miss France 2006).

Next year’s meeting for the 19th edition of Charity Day on September 11, 2020.

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Cycling to raise awareness of the climate emergency: Let’s all get naked!

The first edition of cyclonudistes, a parade organized between the Bois de Vincennes and Bercy (XII) by the French Naturism Federation on Sunday, September 8 to defend the climate in Paris has turned into a fiasco. The event was about twenty cyclists pedaling in their simplest device around the Place de la Nation and the Bastille (XII), the space of a few minutes (…) for photographers and cameras.

Known around the world, the World Naked Bike Ride is usually held in March for the Southern Hemisphere and in June for the Northern Hemisphere. If cities like Lille, Marseille, Nice or Toulouse have jumped on the occasion several times, our dear capital has been careful not to leave the buttocks until now.

The aim of the Cyclonudista is to raise the awareness of the public and the political class to the protection of the weak users in the city, but also to the quality of life in the urban centers. This protest and festive event aims to demand more safety for cyclists in the city (creation of more bike paths, equitable sharing of space between cyclists and motorists, etc.), a reduction in pollution and noise pollution. , as well as the implementation of free public transport.

A faithful of Velorution reminds us of the philosophy of the movement: “We do not block traffic, we are traffic …” The ecological crisis does not receive media coverage at the height of its magnitude, its gravity, and its urgency. Reporterre’s mission is to inform and warn about this issue which, in our view, conditions all other issues in the 21st century.

Getting naked and having a good pedal stroke helps you defend your values. On September 8th, the first Naked Bike Ride was organized in Paris, the opportunity to have a fresh flower and to campaign for ecology, the environment a sensitive topic in 2019.

This event, invented in Spain in the early 2000s, is unique in that it brings together cyclists in their simplest form: cyclonudists. “All naked to save the planet!”

In the morning, police patrols took turns on the naturist space set up in the Bois de Vincennes to warn that the offenders would be verbalised for “sexual exhibition”. The presence of security forces on the side of the Château de Vincennes dissuaded the protesters gone in procession towards Paris.

Only a few rebels claiming the collective “extinction rebellion” engaged in the fight against climate change have decided to defy the prohibition of police headquarters.

Nudity would be revolutionary. Unless this way of activating reveals something else: the sign of disarmed, powerless, vulnerable activism. The king is naked, so let’s all get naked!

They were finally stopped and dispersed by the CRS before reaching the group ministry.

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Washing of the Madeleine steps and festive evening closed the Franco-Brazilian Cultural Festival

The Brazilian Cultural Wash Festival of the Madeleine is the largest Brazilian event in all of Europe.

Created in 1998 by Roberto Chavez, a dancer born in Santa Amaro-Bahia Brazil, he was held at the Sacré Coeur church and was transferred to the Madeleine in 2002. He welcomes every year more than 30 000 people and takes place generally in September except last year where the organization Viva Madeleine, organizer of the event wanted to coincide with the Football World Cup, a must-see sport of the nation thus marking the link for social inclusion and peace between peoples, and the arrival of singer and former minister of culture Gilberto Gil, guest on the Grand Parade for Peace.

Born in Salvador de Bahia, the Lavage tradition has existed for more than two centuries and a half in Brazil, and represents the second largest popular festival after the carnival. It was originally called the “Senhor do Bonfim Festival” and was celebrated on the second Sunday of January after the day of the Kings (Dia de Reis).

To prepare the Senhor do Bonfim, the members of the “fraternity of lay devotees” forced the slaves to wash the new Bonfim Church, a Baroque masterpiece. <br /> Gathered in front of the closed door of the church, the slaves then decided to celebrate the feast on the forecourt and the steps of the building since 1774, with their rituals of Candomblé by instituting a procession punctuated by musical songs. still today the Church of Our Lady of the Conception of the Beach, patron saint of Bahia, until Bonfim, with its famous ribbons bracelets lucky. In 1998, the first Parisian wash took place and in 2002, on an idea of ​​Roberthino Chavès, dancer at Paradis Latin, the Franco-Brazilian Association “Viva Madeleine” was created to promote Brazilian culture in Europe.

This year, for several days, from the 5th to the 8th of September at the Carreau du Temple, a Village of Service, Gastronomy and Tourism with an artistic scene and the Grand Parade of the Place de la République at the Church of the Madeleine, have delighted participants. The 4-km course went through the Grands Boulevards, drawing 250 singers and artists dressed in white and adorned with flowers, as well as percussionists and dancers, to the steps of the Madeleine Church where Father Bruno Horaist, pastor of the Madeleine and Brazilian Ambassador to Paris Paulo Cesar de Oliveira Campo hosted the procession. A big closing party, Brazilian Vibes was the festival finale. An integral part of the official French artistic and cultural calendar, this 18th edition of the festival took place in a good-natured atmosphere.

Since 2014, the presenter TV, Cristina Cordula is the godmother of the event inspired by the washing of the Lord of Bonfim since 1754 in Salvador de Bahia. This event has been supported by the Paris City Hall and the Ile de France Region since 2005, the Permanent Delegation of Brazil to UNESCO since 2011 as a cultural value and is part of “La Route de l ‘ Slave “, global program for reconciliation, the duty of memory and historical truth, but also of the Brazilian Embassy in France.

After a long break, the Afro-Brazilian parade returned for the 8th year, organized by the association Fafadièse, as part of the Brazilian season “Brazil, Brazil”.