Céline Dion's Gift To Paris 2012
An internationally-known classic by Francis Lemarque, the song is a symbol of Paris that has captured the musical imagination of generations.
In a message to Bertrand Delanoë, the Mayor of Paris and Paris 2012 President, Ms. Dion paid tribute to the city that holds a special place in her heart and the Olympic bid that she is supporting. She declared: "It means a lot to me to support Paris 2012. It is as a French woman at heart that I offer you the hymn "A Paris".
Bertrand Delanoë, moved by this gesture, expressed his gratitude to this immense artist.
Accompanied by a 500-strong chorus, Ms. Dion has given the song a new spirit and emotion and from 'Music Day', the song is online on the Paris 2012 website: http://www.parisjo2012.fr/.
Note to editors:
"A Paris" by Francis Lemarque
The song "A Paris", which became an international hit when the legendary French singer Yves Montand performed it, will be a true anthem of the Paris 2012 bid. The song, which poetically describes Paris, the city where artists and lovers from every corner of the world meet to live and to love, is a tribute to Parisians of all walks of life.
It starts with the following lyrics:
Quand un amour fleurit
Ça fait pendant des semaines
Deux coeurs qui se sourient
Tout ça parce qu'ils s'aiment
When a love blossoms
It makes for weeks
Two smiling hearts
Smiling because they are in love
The Canadian artist has close ties with the Olympic spirit, since she was chosen to sing the song "The power of the Dream" at the Atlanta 1996 Olympic and Paralympic Games Opening Ceremony. Since then, she has continued to share her immense talent and popularity with her fans all around the world. The French especially have retained an emotional memory of her brilliant performances at the Stade de France Paris 2012 in 1999, where hundreds of thousands of fans offered her an enthusiastic welcome.
Céline Dion's great gift to the Paris Bid poignantly mirrors the French cultural calendar, as the whole country and all the French communities abroad today will offer another vibrant celebration of culture and musical creativity, with the Fête de la Musique.
The Fête de la Musique
First created in 1982 by the French Ministry for Culture, the Fête de la Musique quickly traveled across the borders and became an international event. The Fête de la Musique is now a major rendezvous for all lovers of music and arts on five continents.
Paris 2012 is committed to carrying the same generous spirit throughout the Games in a vibrant tribute to cultural and artistic creativity all over the world in the true spirit of Pierre de Coubertin's ideal: linking sports and culture through the Olympic experience.
Speaking about a free concert organized by the French Cultural Centre in Algiers and Oran, Boualem Sanal, the Algerian writer and a Paris 2012 Ambassador, said:
"Music, like sport, is universal and capable of transcending borders and uniting people around noble values. When you consider how freely Fête de la Musique, which was initiated in France, has crossed borders and become such a spectacular worldwide celebration, you cannot but be convinced that the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Paris will offer to the world a tremendous and rich cultural celebration."
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