05.12.2011 - Newsletter of the Consulate General of France in Bombay "L’Echo de Mumbai"
"L’ECHO DE MUMBAI" - December 2011
NOTE FROM THE CONSUL GENERAL
Dear compatriots, Dear Indian friends,
The month of November has been very eventful and December is sure to follow suit, indicating
that we have moved up a gear in the mutual desire expressed by our highest authorities to take
the Indo-French relation to a higher level : laying of the foundation stone of the Peugeot factory
in the town of Sanand (Gujarat), the first major gala in Mumbai hosted by the Indo-French
Chamber of Commerce and Industry, visit to Mumbai by the Commissioner of Atomic Energy
Commission, Bernard Bigot, conference in Ahmedabad (Gujarat) on intercultural aspect in
corporate sector conducted by Professor Maurice Godelier, Indo-French seminar on particle
physics at the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre and so on..
France and its film industry were particularly honored in our constituency, with a “Lifetime
Achievement Award” to director Bertrand Tavernier at the International Film Festival of Goa
which was also attended by director Luc Besson. The month before the first prize was won by a
French director in the International Film Festival of Mumbai..
The overall strategic partnership between our two countries, you see, is well underway and will
continue at the same rate in December :-
The Ambassador of France, Mr. François Richier, already visited us twice when he has just
assumed his new duties. He will be in Pune to inaugurate the new Indo-French Institute of
Visual Arts "Supinfocom" in the presence of the President of India, Mrs. Pratibha Devisingh
At the same time, the president and director of the Louvre museum, Mr. Henri Loyrette, will be
in Mumbai to explore the possibilities of a potential exhibition of the most famous museum in
the world in the great economic and financial capital of India.
Our five Alliances Françaises in Ahmedabad, Bhopal, Mumbai, Goa and Pune, prove by the
dynamism of their event schedule that they are important links to the French presence in all the
domains in the constituency, where we appeal to our fellow countrymen to register for the big
elections taking place in our country next year.
In the meantime, the entire Indo-French team of the Consulate General of France in Bombay
joins me in wishing you a very happy end-of-the-year festive season !
See you very soon,
Consul General of France in Bombay
Ahmedabad – 2nd November 2011
Inauguration of the new Peugeot factory site at
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- Frederic Fabre, Managing Director of PCA Motors ;Jean-Raphaël Peytregnet, Consul General of France in Bombay ; Vincent Rambaud, Director General of Peugeot ; Grégoire Olivier, Member of the Managing Board PSA Peugeot Citroën and CEO of Asian Operations
The site of the new plant of PSA was inaugurated on 2nd November at Sanand in Gujarat by
Grégoire Olivier, member of the Executive Board of PSA and Head of its Asian operations,
Vincent Rambaud, CEO of Peugeot and Frédéric Fabre, CEO of PCA Motors India, two
months after signing an agreement with the State Government.
Peugeot is investing 650 million euros in the construction of this plant. Its new models will be
presented and exhibited in New Delhi in 2012 and production will begin in 2014 with a compact
notchback, the C-508. Peugeot is aiming to produce 170,000 units by 2016 and plans to double
Mr. Jean-Raphaël Peytregnet, Consul General of France in Bombay, said this venture
underlines the interest of French companies in the state of Gujarat and it will necessarily have a
ripple effect for many others, particularly the small and medium-sized enterprises, working
around the Peugeot group.
The models that will be offered for sale in India will be priced competitively aiming at the Indian
middle class. Peugeot is the 4th automobile manufacturer that has set up shop in Gujarat since
2008 after General Motors, Tata Motors and Ford.
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Goa – from 23rd November to 3rd December 2011
Bertrand Tavernier honoured at the 42th International
Film Festival in Goa on 23rd November 2011
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- Chief Minister of Goa-Mr. Digambar Kamat, Indian actor-Mr. Shahrukh Khan, French director and producer-Mr. Bertrand Tavernier and Hon’bel Minister of Information and Boradcasting-Mrs. Ambika Soni
At the opening ceremony of the International Film Festival of India, the French director and
producer Bertrand Tavernier received the prestigious "Lifetime Achievement Award" for his
entire cinematographic portfolio. The award was presented by the Minister of Information and
Broadcasting Mrs Ambika Soni and one of the biggest stars of Bollywood, the actor Shahrukh
Last year, Bertrand Tavernier’s The Princess of Montpensier was screened at the closing
ceremony of the festival. He said he would consider the possibility of making a film in India : "I
just need to find the right subject. Maybe something based on the Indo-French relations ?"
The International Film Festival of India (IFFI), established in 1952, is organized by the
Directorate of Film Festivals (DFF) and the State of Goa.
Many French films are shown during the Festival of Goa like Polisse by Maïween and The Artist
by Michel Hazanavicius.
One of the most anticipated events is the premiere of the French film The Lady in the presence
of the director and producer Luc Besson and the actress Michelle Yeoh, at the closing
ceremony, on 3rd December. The Lady will be released in India in a few weeks.
Goa - from 24th to 27th November 2011
4th edition of the Film Bazaar of Goa
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Film Bazaar of Goa is one of the most important film markets in Asia.
The 4th edition had
an increased presence of French professionals (24-27 November 2011).
The Film Bazaar of Goa, organized alongside the International Film Festival of India by the
National Film Development Corporation (NFDC), is one of Asia’s most important film markets.
This platform facilitating the sale, distribution and co-production contracts of projects from Asia
welcomed 470 professionals from 45 countries. In all, 20 French distributors, producers and
film selectors looking for Indian film projects were present in Goa for this event.
The Film Bazaar of Goa, recognized by professionals for the quality of its projects and its
excellent organization, has the potential to become one of the most significant markets in the
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Well known personalities of the Indian audiovisual industry actively
participated in the Indian Film Bazaar. Among them were producer
director Anurag Kashuap, producers and actors Sanjay Suri &
Abhay Deol, choreographer Farah Khan, director Shekhar Kapur
and many more ...http://filmbazaarindia.com/
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SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Ahmedabad – 10th November 2011
Conference on Intercultural Management by Prof. Maurice Godelier
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On 10th November, Professor Maurice Godelier, anthropologist and CNRS gold medalist,
conducted a conference on the subject "Is it possible to modernize without westernizing ?" at the
Ahmedabad Management Association in collaboration with the Embassy of France in India and
the Alliance française d’Ahmedabad.
This intervention addressed issues raised by intercultural management through the lens of
anthropology and revealed methods to better understand the culture and behavior of others.
Following the conference, Professor Maurice Godelier was the
main speaker at the Indo-French symposium on intercultural
management held at the Indian Institute of Management,
Ahmedabad on 14th and 15th November 2011.
This symposium was organized by the Renault Chair of in
partnership with the Embassy of France in India.
This Chair is funding since 2007 an academic collaboration between the “Ecole Polytechnique,
HEC”, the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIMA) and Keio University (Japan).
Each year several groups comprising of three students (one X, one HEC & one IIMA), carry out a study on a multicultural topic via a three-month stay in India and one month in France.
Bombay – 21st and 22nd November 2011
Indo-French seminar on particle physics at Bhabha
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Atomic Research Center (BARC)
An Indo-French seminar on particle physics was held at the Bhabha Atomic Research Center
(BARC) on 21st – 22nd November 2011. A healthy collaboration on basic research in particle
physics exists between our two countries through an International Laboratory established in
2010 and affiliated to the CNRS and the CEA on the French side and to the BARC and TIFR
(Tata Institute of Fundamental Research) on the Indian side.
The objective of this collaboration is to build together some detectors of Large Heavy Ion
National Accelerator [Grand Accélérateur d’Ions Lourds (GANIL)] in Caen. Indian researchers
already have a heavy ion accelerator installed at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research in
Bombay but the future accelerator of Caen, that should function 2014 onwards, will be of a
much greater power and may help discover new unknown atomic nuclei up, called "exotic"
nuclei because they do not exist naturally on earth.
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- The flagship of the Eurocopter range, helicopter EC225, made a demo flight at the Juhu
airport on 1st November 2011. Mr. Jean-Raphaël Peytregnet, Consul General of France in
Mumbai, was one of the prestigious guests who had the privilege of flying over Bombay on
board the aircraft.
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- The very first Gala of the Indo-French Chamber of Commerce and Industry held on 14th
November 2011 in partnership with Atout France, the French tourism office in the presence of
Mr. Jean-Marin Schuh, Minister- Counsellor of the Embassy of France in New Delhi and Mr.
Jean-Raphaël Peytregnet, Consul General of France in Bombay.
- Mr. Bernard Bigot, Commissioner of Atomic Energy and Alternative Energy
Commission(CEA), was in Bombay Monday, 28th November 2011 to meet his Indian
counterpart, Srikumar Banerjee, Secretary of the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) and
Chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission (AEC). This meeting was widely reported by the
UPCOMING EVENTS IN DECEMBER
Thursday 1st December 2011 in Mumbai
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Concert of French band KWAK is organised by the Alliance française de Bombay
in partnership with the Blue Frog in Mumbai, the Alliance française Foundation and Spedidam.
After a five - day stay at the Alliance Française d’Ahmedabad and several concerts that brought
together over 3,000 people in Ahmedabad and 1000 people in Baroda, the group continues to
Friday 2nd December in Pune
Inauguration of the DS Kulkarni Supinfocom Campus
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The official inauguration ceremony of the Indo-French "DS Kulkarni Supinfocom" International
Campus will take place on 2nd and 3rd December in Pune in the presence of Her Excellency the
President of India, Mrs. Pratibha Devisingh Patil, the Ambassador of France in India, Mr.
François Richier, and the Consul General of France in Mumbai, Jean-Raphael Peytregnet.
The international campus is the result of a unique Indo-French tie-up between the DS Kulkarni
Developers, and the Supinfocom group at the initiative of the Grand Hainaut Chamber of
Commerce and Industries.
In 2007, the Grand Hainaut Chamber of Commerce and Industries had initiated an alliance of
SUPINFOCOM (animation, 2D, 3D and special effects), SUPINFOGAME (video game) and ISD
(design), creating the Supinfocom group, located in Arles and Valenciennes.
This 8-hectare campus, which could eventually accommodate up to 1,000 students, already
has 350 students of whom 80% are Indian and 20% French.
Through its three courses of excellence (animation, video games and design), " DS Kulkarni
Supinfocom International Campus" offers a 5 -year high-level training program (taught in
7th, 8th, 9th and 10th December at the Alliance Française de Bombay
FLASHPOINT Human Rights Film Festival
Following the great success of the inaugural festival last year in Mumbai and New Delhi,
FLASHPOINT Human Rights Festival will again take place at the Alliance Française de
The opening ceremony of the festival will be held on 7th December at 6 pm at the Alliance
Française de Bombay, followed by a screening of Julian Schnabel’s Miral with Freida Pinto.
10 international films and five Indian films will be screened on the topic of human rights, thus
coinciding with International Human Rights Day on 8th December.
Round table conferences and meetings will be held with the participation of leading defenders
of human rights, scholars and filmmakers.
Friday 9th December 2011 at 19.00 at Bahirang, Bharat Bhavan, Bhopal
Concert of the French band KWAK organised by the Alliance Française de Bhopal.
Wednesday 14th December in Mumbai
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Concert of SAIYUKI TRIO organized by the Alliance française de Bombay in
partnership with the Blue Frog. Formed in 2009, the band revolves around Nguyen Lê, Mieko
Miyazaki & Prabhu Edouard. The guitarist Nguyen Lê embodies the multicultural jazz scene and
world music that inspires Paris. Mieko Miyazaki studied the Koto and Shamisen at the famous
University of the Arts and Music in Tokyo. Prabhu Edouard is a virtuoso of the Tabla that
originated in southern India and is based in Paris.
Friday 16th December 2011 at 18.00 at the Alliance Française de Bhopal
Ancient World of Rock Art - An Exhibition of Paintings by Meenakshi Pathak
Prehistoric Rock Paintings have endured rain, sun and thunderstorm for thousand of years. Now they face a more potent threat man. We need to protect and preserve the rock art wherever they are !!!! If we protect these paintings, can be learn more about this ancient from and the long vanished civilization that gave it life.
The inspiration for the work of reflecting rock art on papyrus, canvas, rock pieces, glass and tree bark by Dr Meenakshi Pathak (student of Padamshree Dr. Vishnu Shridhar Wakankar,) comes from her immense passion for the ancient world of rock art prevalent in India and all over the world. India has a major concentration of this amazing visible testimony to our rich cultural heritage. Which is also her field of study. Discovery of many painted shelters in the wilderness of Satpura National Park had been her significant and well acknowledged contribution in the field.
Her work of depicting rock art on rock pieces is to let viewers know as to how these wonderful art forms often found in areas difficult to access actually appear in the cave and shelters. The work of acrylic on papyrus and oil on canvas are aimed at creating awareness and attraction for the rock art.
Saturday 17th December 2011 at 16.00 at the Alliance Française de Bhopal
Screening of the film Le petit lieutenant by Xavier Beauvois (2005) with Nathalie Baye, Jalil Lespert, Roschdy Zem (France, 110 min.)
Saturday 17th December 2011 at 16.00 at the Alliance Française de Bhopal - Indore centre
Screening of the film All is forgiven / Tout est pardonné by Mia Hansen-Løve (2007) avec Paul Blain, Pascal Bongard, Constance Rousseau, Marie-Christine Friedrich, Carole Franck, Olivia Ross, et Alice Langlois (France, 105 min.)
Sunday, 18th December in Mumbai
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Concert of SLOW JOE AND THE GINGER ACCIDENT organized by the Alliance française de Bombay at the Blue Frog in partnership with the Mood Indigo Festival and
l’Institut Français in Delhi.
At 66 years, Joe lived on an island in the Goa region in India. Living in harmony with nature, he
earned the nickname Slow Joe. At that time he improvised and wrote his own songs. In July
2007, he met the young musician Cedric de la Chapelle. Seduced by Joe’s voice, he recorded
him a cappella. Back in France, Cedric spent two years writing with his band, the Ginger Accident, taking inspiration from these records. In December 2009, Slow Joe left India for the first time and joined the Ginger Accident at Rennes.