In late May, Moscow will host the first festival of French gastronomy. Visitors will get an in-depth introduction to the ways of the French kitchen. The festival's organizer, the general director of the franco-russian chamber of commerce and industry, Pavel Chinsky, believes the "culture of life" can become a bridge — whatever the state of international politics.
Pavel Chinsky is back with his pick of French high technology. The number of startups and new projects continues to amaze. The country has become a centrifuge, spinning out ideas and companies at an impressive rate, from biotechnologies to electronics.
The French president François Hollande is trying to attract the business community to his side, in order to boost growth and overcome the economic crisis. He was elected in 2012 on a platform to limit austerity. His new stance is turning away many of his party members. Arnaud Dubien, director of the French-Russian observatory or, by its French name, L'observatoire franco-russe, examines the shifts in the political landscape.
The Russian government estimates the country's per capita consumption of energy at more than three times EU levels and twice that of the US. Russia has committed to reducing energy consumption by 40 per cent by 2020. Vincent Pringault, director of the association of French companies in Russia for energy efficiency, explains what has yet to be done and why industrial companies should "not try to do everything by themselves". He sees energy efficiency and ecology as the path to new jobs in Russia.
Private contractors can help governments to specify who benefits from new infrastructure — and decide how to pay for it, says Vincent Piron, president of Piron Consulting and the head of CCIFR committee on PPP.
There have been several innovations in French law, says Pierre Kopp, economist, professor at the university Panthéon-Sorbonne, lawyer at the Paris bar and a member of the scientific council of the Observatoire franco-russe. He explains the most interesting recent changes.
France is one of the leading maritime powers. The volume of freight transported through Marseilles is more than 90 million tons per year and the port association of Paris, the seine and Normandy handle another 130 million tons.
The theme park Puy du Fou is a role model — and an adviser — for several Russian operators. Nicolas de Villiers, president of the association Puy du Fou, explains the origins of this park situated in the Vendée.
French gastronomy plays a key role in promoting French culture abroad. It has been recognized in UNESCO's list of 'intangible heritage' since 2010. French food is making an entrée in Russia, not only at the restaurant table but also as part of daily life.
Welcome to Russia-France business supplement, published by The Moscow Times in collaboration with the French-Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (СCIFR). This publication is devoted to strengthening bilateral relations between Russia and France and demonstrates the significant potential of French-Russian strategic partnership.