French CG Gets A Gala Welcome

The welcome note

It has been a little more than a month that Virginie Corteval, the newly appointed French Consul General , came to Kolkata. She hosted a gala party recently at a five-star hotel and met with a lot of city-based dignitaries at the do. She was welcomed with a fancy bouquet of flowers and a toast. "I'm touched by this reception. I am sure I will meet many other social events, "she said while addressing the guests.

Letting their hair down From lively banter to discussing art and culture - the guests engaged in conversations with each other at the party. A few women from the expat community were also spotted wearing saris. Music went on to soon after the formal introduction and many hit the dance floor. "Oh, I was waiting for this," said Fabrice Plancon, Director, Alliance Française du Bengale, to which fashion designer Abhishek Dutta responded, "I remember you at your welcome party too!", And the duo laughter of peals in the burst.

A warm reception

Diplomats from other countries were the party to welcome the newly appointed French Consul General. American Consul General Patricia Hoffman, who is also new to the city, said, "I had the opportunity to meet her earlier. I know she is quite excited about the upcoming Puja This will be my first Durga Puja in Kolkata and like her, I am also looking forward to it. "Many other Consuls General also spotted chatting with Virginie.

City guests galore

The party saw the presence of several dignitaries from different walks of life. While the artist Shuvaprasanna had chatted with chatting with Jogen Chowdhury , Ruby Palchoudhuri, artist , was busy having a conversation with Banani Kakkar. Later, while talking to us, Virginie said, "I have been in Kolkata for a month now and through my travels in the city, I am happy to see that the old and historic parts of Kolkata has not much changed. That is really fascinating. "

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