Amazing Baku2015 opening ceremony screened in Paris

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The lavish Baku2015 European Games opening ceremony has been screened in Paris at the Azerbaijan Cultural Centre, in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower. The event was organised by the French office of The European Azerbaijan Society (TEAS) and the Azerbaijani Embassy in France.

The significance of Baku2015 was highlighted by Ayaz Gojayev, First Secretary, Azerbaijani Embassy in France, and Mrs Marie-Laetitia Gourdin, Director, TEAS France

In celebration of the opening ceremony of the Baku2015 European Games, the French office of The European Azerbaijan Society (TEAS) foundation and the Azerbaijani Embassy in France invited more than 60 people to the Azerbaijani Cultural Centre in Paris to view a live screening of the event on channel Equipe21. This was followed by a cocktail reception, accompanied by the best in Azerbaijani cuisine.

Attendees included diplomats; a representative of the French Olympic committee; representatives of French companies, including TOTAL, Bouygues Construction and Galeries Lafayette; and members of the Azerbaijani diaspora.

In the welcoming speeches, Ayaz Gojayev, First Secretary, Azerbaijani Embassy in France, and Mrs Marie-Laetitia Gourdin, Director, TEAS France, underlined the historical importance of Azerbaijan hosting the first edition of the European Games, where athletes represent all countries in the continent. This demonstrates the universality of sport and its power as a coalescing force.

Astonished by the beauty of the opening ceremony, the audience applauded several times, notably for the allegory of the Taurus Europa creating the shape of the European continent under its hoofs, as if by magic. This served to illustrate the geographic unity of this continent, and the natural place of Azerbaijan within Europe.

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