The sailboat "Europe" was christened in Brussels by Claude Cheysson, French Minister for External Relations and President in office of the Council, in the presence of numerous European political dignitaries. It's the "Sail for Europe" organisation that will man this 11-metre sloop in the "Tour de France à la voile" yachting race. This non-profit organisation, founded in 1976, set out to use a team sport to raise awareness among the public about building Europe. The organisation did this by sailing the yacht "Treaty of Rome" in the world races of 1977-78 and 1981-82.
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||Bagpipe concert given by the French Navy Orchestra (4 shots) (the music continues until 00:57:18)
||Sailboat "Europe" and crowd
||People in Breton dress (2 shots)
||Young woman wearing a T-shirt that reads "Sail for Europe"
||View of the European Parliament, of the sailboat and of the crowd (2 shots)
||Etienne Davignon, Vice-President of the CEC in charge of Industrial Affairs, Energy, Euratom Supply Agency, Research and Science and the Joint Research Centre
||Etienne Davignon and Claude Cheysson, French Minister for External Relations and President in office of the Council (with the sunglasses) (2 shots)
||Claude Cheysson and Etienne Davignon approach the platform with two children and break the bottle of champagne over the boat to christen it; applause
||The crew of the boat applauding (2 shots)
||General view; Bagpipe concert (2 shots)
||Inscription on the sailboat: "Le Tour de France à la voile"