Launch of the French EU Presidency: extracts from the inauguration ceremony at the Arc de Triomphe
End production: 01/07/2008 First transmission: 01/07/2008
To mark the start of the French Presidency of the European Union, the European institutions participated in a ceremony organised at the Arch of Triumph on 1 July 2008 in Paris. The ceremony included the honor to the French flag, the review of the troops, the ravivage of the flame to the Unknown Soldier, the Marseillaise (sung and played), the Hymn to the Unknown Soldier, the European Hymn to the Joy (sung and played) and the signature of the book of Now.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||Arrival of Nicolas Sarkozy, President of the French Republic; François Fillon, French Prime Minister; José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC; Hans-Gert Pöttering, President of the EP; and Javier Solana, Secretary General of the Council of the EU and High Representative for CFSP (7 shots)
||The Marseillaise (6 shots)
||The ravivage of the flame to the Unknown Soldier (12 shots)
||The European Hymn to the Joy (5 shots)
||Handshake with Members of the European Commission (5 shots)
||The signature of the book of Now (5 shots)
||Handshake with Members of the French government (4 shots)
||Handshake with citizens (7 shots)