The Ministry of Foreign Affairs Plays Host to the Managers’ Meeting ( November 28, 2006)
The managers of the 18 teams (waiting for the final two) already qualified for the Rugby World Cup, which will begin on 7 September 2007, were welcomed in France to learn about the competition organization conditions and to tour the different sites selected.
On this occasion, in the absence of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Philippe Douste-Blazy, who was in Riga for the NATO Summit, the Secretary General, Philippe Faure, presided over a dinner, which showcased the cooperation between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the World Cup Organizing Committee. This will take the form of support actions (Jeune Planète Rugby operation, partnership with the French Rugby Federation for the international development of rugby), provision of the international conference centre as a press room, and organization of events that will take place alongside the tournament finals, such as a seminar on the values that the business world and the rugby world have in common.
In addition to President Lapasset, the many guests are expected to include, in particular, the ambassadors of Australia, New Zealand and Romania, many business leaders, such as Serge Kampf, Chairman of Cap Gemini, Yves-Thibault de Silguy, Chairman of Vinci, Pierre Dauzier, President of the Fondation du Sport, Philippe d’Ornano, CEO of Sisley, Marie-Claire Restoux, adviser to the presidency of the Republic, Denis Tillinac, author, and many former international players: Jo Maso, manager of the French team, as well as Abdelatif Benazzi, Laurent Cabannes and Denis Charvet.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs intends to use this event to highlight its support of the organization of the next Rugby World Cup, which will be an opportunity to promote our country and its terroirs, diversity and cultural and economic resources.
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