State Visit to France – day 2

Motiv: The King during the tour of the Le 104 cultural centre. Photo: royalcourt.se

Kungen inledningstalar vid miljökonferensen som hålls i Collège de France. Foto: Stockholm Environment Institute

Motiv: The King gives an opening speech at the environmental conference held at the Collège de France. Photo: The Stockholm Environment Institute

The King and Queen's state visit continued on Wednesday 3 December.

Reciprocal dinner
20:00 The reciprocal dinner began, and President Hollande was the guest of honour. The reciprocal dinner was held at the Théâtre Chaillot, one of four national theatres in Paris. Soprano Kerstin Avemo performed a selection of songs.

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Three types of canapés

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Cured and lightly smoked arctic char with spruce oil,
pickled cauliflower, dill mayonnaise and trout roe jelly

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Cep soup

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Fillet of reindeer with venison sausage, potato and parsnip pastry with Västerbotten cheese, carrots in a ring of yellow beets and red wine gravy

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Cloudberry mousse in white chocolate with arctic bramble foam

Chef Magnus Rehbäck during the preparations for the reciprocal dinner at the Théâtre Chaillot. Photo: royalcourt.se

Chef Magnus Rehbäck during the preparations for the reciprocal dinner at the Théâtre Chaillot. Photo: royalcourt.se

Chef Magnus Rehbäck devised the menu for The King and Queen's reciprocal dinner at the Théâtre Chaillot.

How do you showcase Sweden through food?
We always try to use Swedish ingredients in the menu. Ideally ingredients that aren't as common in the countries we visit. Things that seem exotic and can be a talking point during a banquet, such as game and berries.

How do you put together the menu?
I tend to look through what we've served on previous state visits together with my sous chef, Fredrik Edblad, and we draw inspiration from the current Swedish culinary scene. Swedish cuisine is of a very high international standard. Of course, the menus for state visits are created in close cooperation with The King and Queen, who are very much involved.

The King visits the Gare de Lyon
16:35 The King visited the Gare de Lyon railway station, where he was welcomed by station manager Eric Succab. The station was built for the 1900 world fair, and 2.5 million passengers use the station every week.

The King at the photographic exhibition from Umeå2014. Photo: royalcourt.se

The King at the photographic exhibition from Umeå2014. Photo: royalcourt.se

The King visited the photographic exhibition about Umeå that has been put together in connection with the European Capital of Culture year. Umeå's City Director Jonas Jonasson spoke about the exhibition and Umeå2014. The King also visited the Le Train Bleu brasserie, where Swedish celebrity chef Tommy Myllymäki made a guest appearance in connection with the state visit. The visit to the Gare de Lyon concluded with a press conference.

The King during the visit to the Le 104 cultural centre. Photo: Veronika Wand-Danielsson

The King during the visit to the Le 104 cultural centre. Photo: Veronika Wand-Danielsson

Visit to the Le 104 cultural centre
14:48 The King arrived at the Le 104external link, opens in new window cultural centre, where he was welcomed by French Minister of Culture and Communication Fleur Pellerin. The King was given a guided tour of the centre by director José Manuel Goncalvès, beginning in the main central hall where The King had the opportunity to speak with the young people who create the centre's cultural offerings.

Le 104, Le Centquatre, is housed in Paris' former mortuary, a 39,000 m² basilica-shaped building which has been used as a cultural centre since 2008. The centre hosts art exhibitions, concerts, theatre, contemporary circus and street art, but is particularly renowned for having created a vibrant meeting place for young people's cultural activities with a focus on integration. The centre also has workshops and artists' studios, a large bookshop, a café and a restaurant.

Fryshuset's CEO Johan Oljeqvist during the visit to the Le Centquatre cultural centre in Paris. Photo: royalcourt.se

Fryshuset's CEO Johan Oljeqvist during the visit to the Le Centquatre cultural centre in Paris. Photo: royalcourt.se

Fryshuset's CEO Johan Oljeqvist is a member of the Swedish delegation.
I was invited to take part in the state visit to help lead the discussion on young people and integration at the Le Centquatre cultural centre.

How has the visit gone so far?
The visit to the PSG Foundation was particularly interesting. Their work with young people in socially disadvantaged areas has the respect of young people in Sweden. The school they're planning is very reminiscent of the way Fryshuset has worked for many years. As a result of the state visit, PSG and Fryshuset will carry out exchanges in future. And similarly with Le Centquatre, which carries out extremely interesting work with integration and culture. They'll be visiting us at Fryshusetexternal link, opens in new window.

Prime Minister Manuel Valls hosts lunch
Lunch was served at the Hôtel Matignon, the official residence of the Prime Minister, and was hosted by Prime Minister Valls and his wife Anne Gravoin.

The King with Prime Minister Manuel Valls and Anne Gravoin. Photo: royalcourt.se

The King with Prime Minister Manuel Valls and Anne Gravoin. Photo: royalcourt.se

The King visits the Mayor of Paris at the Hôtel du Ville
11:50 The King arrived at Paris City Hall, the Hôtel du Villeexternal link, opens in new window, where he was welcomed by Mayor Anne Hidalgo. Stockholm's Finance Commissioner Karin Wanngård also took part in discussions on sustainable cities, the environment and integration. A ceremony was then held in the banqueting hall, during which the Mayor and the Finance Commissioner gave speeches. In her speech, Mayor Hidalgo explained that this year marks the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Paris, and that every Frenchman knows about Raoul Nordling's efforts for Paris – a skilled diplomat with a big heart. The Mayor also expressed a great sense of pride at the Parisians who have won the Nobel Prize, from Marie Curie to Patrick Modiano, and hoped that Stockholm and Paris would enjoy closer cooperation in various areas starting next year. 

In October, The King and Queen attended the première of the play Diplomacy, about Raoul Nordling's efforts as Consul General at the end of the Second World War to stop Germany's plans to destroy Paris. Find out more about The King and Queen's visit to Stockholm City Theatre hereopens in new window.

The King speaks with the Mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo. Photo: Stella Pictures

The King speaks with the Mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo. Photo: Stella Pictures

The King meets the President of the National Assembly
11:00 President of the National Assembly Claude Bartolone met The King who, together with Minister for Employment Ylva Johansson and Minister for Enterprise and Innovation Mikael Damberg, then held discussions at the Palais Bourbon on topics such as the economic situation and the labour market.

The National Assembly – l'Assemblée nationale – is the lower house of the Parliament of France, and has 577 members (or députés). It was established on 27 June 1789, and its official seat has been the Palais Bourbon since 1830.

The King opens a conference on climate and energy
08:50 The King was received by President Hollande at the Collège de France where he took part in a conference ahead of the UN climate summit to be held in Paris in 2015, COP 21. The conference began with Nobel Laureate Professor Serge Haroche welcoming all those present and emphasising the importance of science and democracy going hand in hand. In his speech, President Hollande said we are now aware that increased warming will end in global catastrophe, but that there are solutions. Sweden and France want to show that green growth is possible, and that both nations have an obligation to convince other countries of this.

The King, President Hollande, Minister Baylan and Minister Royal speak with the 2012 Nobel Laureate in Physics, Professor Serge Haroche, before the conference begins. Photo: royalcourt.se

The King, President Hollande, Minister Baylan and Minister Royal speak with the 2012 Nobel Laureate in Physics, Professor Serge Haroche, before the conference begins. Photo: royalcourt.se

In his speech, The King described how our view of the environment has evolved since the first UN environmental summit in Stockholm in 1972. When environmental impact was discussed at the UN environmental summit in Rio in 1992, the issues was combined with social and economic issues. Today, we discuss the green economy in a completely different way. You can read The King's speech in full hereopens in new window.

Johan Kuylenstierna, Executive Director of the Stockholm Environment Institute and a professor at Stockholm University, was the moderator for the conference and introduced Ségolène Royal, the French Minister for Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy, who spoke about how issues relating to the environment, climate and energy are not a threat to employment and growth but a solution and a form of progress.

During the conference, Minister for Energy Ibrahim Baylan spoke about the focus on transport and heating to reduce climatic impact, and Stockholm's Finance Commissioner Karin Wanngård discussed how a sustainable city is also a climate-smart city. 

Find out more about the conference at the Stockholm Environment Institute's websiteexternal link, opens in new window.

The King meets the industry delegation
08:07 The King arrived at the meeting together with Sweden's Ambassador to France, Veronika Wand-Danielsson. The meeting gave the Swedish industry delegation an opportunity to speak about its work and trade with France. The meeting was opened by Chairman of the Confederation of Swedish Enterprise Jens Spendrup, who gave a broad overview of trade with France and the conditions for future trading.

The King meets with the industry delegation. Photo: royalcourt.se

The King meets with the industry delegation. Photo: royalcourt.se

Minister for Enterprise and Innovation Mikael Damberg then spoke about the Swedish Government's view of promoting Swedish economic interests and the importance of contributions from Swedish companies trading in France in order to achieve successful market growth. Today, there are around 460 Swedish companies working in France with 70,000 employees.

Find out more about The King and Queen's first day in France hereopens in new window.