President Park stresses cooperation with France in creative economy & culture
President Park Geun-hye, who's on a visit to Europe, started her official schedule in Paris on Sunday, by attending an event celebrating Korean culture and meeting with Korean residents there.
Her key focus was on fostering closer economic and cultural ties with France.
Our presidential correspondent Eoh Jin-joo, who is traveling with the president, sends us this report.
Boosting cooperation with Europe in sectors of creative economy and culture is the key focus of President Park's Europe tour.
"Through my Europe trip, I plan to strengthen creative cooperation with the French government to set up a foundation for cooperation and co-prosperity that can support Korea's push for a creative economy and culture promotion."
At a meeting with Korean residents in Paris Sunday, President Park emphasized that Korea and France have a lot in common in terms of their unique cultural heritage and leading role in high-tech science technology.
Mentioning the popular new Korean film "Snowpiercer," which is based on a French graphic novel, she said bringing together each other's content, technology and culture would greatly contribute to the development of both nations.
Earlier in the day, President Park took part in the Korean "Drama Party" hosted by a French fan club named "Bonjour Coree."
Greeting the fans in French,
"I am delighted to take part in the drama party with you."
President Park expressed hope the two countries could establish stronger ties through culture.
"Culture could be the first step in understanding one another. It has the astonishing ability to create a bond between the people of different nations that did not know each other well."
During her meeting with UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova, President Park put emphasis on Korea's partnership with the international body in working towards her administration's goal of culture promotion.
"On Monday, President Park is scheduled to meet with Korean and French businessmen to seek joint projects in third markets, such as Africa and Russia. She will also hold bilateral talks with French President Francois Hollande and discuss ways to further strengthen cooperation in the economic and political sectors.
Eoh Jin-joo, Arirang News, Paris."
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