Malta stars in France’s second biggest agricultural fair

The Foire de Châlons is France’s second biggest agricultural fair. Hosted on a sprawling exhibition centre in Châlons en Champagne, the fair attracts over 200,000 visitors every year. This huge exhibition displays everything related to the Champagne-Ardenne region from farm animals to cars, arts, farming machinery and crafts. The fair also features concerts by noted artists who hit the French charts every year.

The Foire de Châlons is France’s second biggest agricultural fair. Hosted on a sprawling exhibition centre in Châlons en Champagne, the fair attracts over 200,000 visitors every year. This huge exhibition displays everything related to the Champagne-Ardenne region from farm animals to cars, arts, farming machinery and crafts. The fair also features concerts by noted artists who hit the French charts every year.

This year, the 64th edition of the fair was a special event in the history of Franco-Maltese relations as Malta was the guest of honour. This was possible thanks to the invitation of the Conseil Général de la Marne, whose delegates had visited Malta last spring and met with Maltese authorities and who had sponsored the arrival of the circus troupe “Urban Rabbits” in Birkirkara last April. It was the first time that Malta featured at this spot in a major French event, “something to be very, very, proud of”, said French Ambassador to Malta, Daniel Rondeau, who is a native of the Champagne region.

Agriculture is a vital sector of the French economy. Besides accounting for around 20% of the EU’s total agricultural output, it offers France total self-sufficiency and contributes to the excellence of its famous cuisine. Agricultural fairs in France are thus important events that blend technology, tradition and craftsmanship.

Rural Affairs Minister George Pullicino who visited the fair had the occasion to meet his French counterpart, Bruno Lemaire and share his views on agriculture and sustainable development, themes that occupy a priority spot in the agenda of both governments. Minister Pullicino also met with a number of important figures in the agro-alimentary industry to discuss ways to improve the existing cooperation between the two countries.

The Malta stand, “M for Malta, M for Marne”, was a runaway success with the numerous visitors who had a chance to taste Maltese delicacies, glance at Maltese manufacture, obtain information on tourism and for some, share their experiences in Malta.

Dernière modification : 21/03/2011

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