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Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary continue official visit to France

Photo: Sarah Williams

Yesterday, Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary spent their second day in Paris, France where they are leading a Danish business delegation under the theme “Denmark and France – together for a better life and a sustainable future”. Energy, sustainable cities and health are the themes of the business promotion, which will focus on elderly care, “smart hospitals” and “life science” as well as wind energy, district heating, and urban development. In addition, the visit will deal with the Danish lifestyle and culture. 

The Crown Prince Couple had a separate agenda for the day. Crown Prince Frederik first attended a meeting at the National Assembly with the Assembly’s Committee on Social Affairs. The meeting focused on health policy issues. He also attended a meeting on energy with French representatives from the European Commission. Afterwards, Crown Prince Frederik and part of the business delegation went to the Île Séguin where they visited the music hall La Seine Musicale, which is built with innovative energy solutions. He also attended a wind seminar that aimed to promote Danish-French knowledge sharing on wind energy and bring together French and Danish players in the field.

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Crown Prince Frederik’s busy day continued with a visit to energy company Total where he attended a meeting on renewable energy solutions before taking part in the town development conference “Development of Greater Paris”.

Crown Princess Mary focused on healthcare during the day. She first visited the nursing home Korian Monceau. The institution is part of the Korian Group, the largest private provider of private care services in Europe. She then attended an investment seminar at Maison du Danemark and the seminar “Purchasing and innovations” in the Danish church in Paris, Frederikskirken, together with the French shopping centres Le Réseau des Acheteurs Hospitaliers (RESAH) and the La Centrale d’Achats de l’Hospitalisation Privée et Publique (CAHPP). In the afternoon, she attended a business lunch at the Flora Danica Restaurant and the private hospital Les Peupliers.

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In the evening, Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary attended a grand dinner at Paris’s City Hall to celebrate the end of the business visit. They were joined by Prince Joachim and Princess Marie who are currently living in France. Denmark’s Ambassador to France, Michael Starbæk Christensen hosted the dinner, and Danish chef Andreas Møller was in charge of the menu. Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary will spend one more day in France to make additional visits before flying back to Denmark this afternoon.