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PROUDLY displaying his “green credentials” French ambassador Christophe Lecourtier welcomed guests to the reception for the Bastille Day commemoration at his residence.

The digital clock was on display for the countdown to the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris, November 30-December 11, and we shivered through the official niceties, delicious delicacies, French champagne and small talk wondering if this long, cold spell in our little corner of the world is indicative of the future.

The greening of this day extended to some clever food the embassy chef and his team had conjured up to assure us that green peas and pasta are delicious and you don’t need kale to make a healthy green drink, with all on display on a mini Eiffel Tower and table covered in plastic green grass!

For those with a robust appetite the charcuterie and spit-roasted pig were warming, while the sweet tooths were rewarded with mini desserts to enjoy.

And that’s what makes this French celebration such a pleasure: the best of France, reinforcing the freedoms they fought for and looking to the future of the planet in a positive way, knowing we have to fix it.

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