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Monday, November 24, 2014

Paris Switches On Lights of Christmas Tree Set Up With Russia's Help

The lights of the Christmas tree purchased and set up in Paris with Moscow’s help were switched on Saturday.   

Paris switches on lights of Christmas tree which was purchased and set up in Paris with Moscow’s help.

PARIS, November 22  — The lights of the Christmas tree purchased and set up in Paris with Moscow’s help were switched on Saturday.

“I have chosen this tree in my forests,” Santa Claus told reporters, who later turned out to be Russian Embassy Spokesperson Sergei Parinov.

Moscow helped Paris raise funds for the giant Christmas tree this year as the donations made in France were not insufficient.

The lights of the Christmas tree placed in front of Notre Dame Cathedral were jointly switched on by Russian Ambassador to France Alexander Orlov and rector of Notre Dame de Paris Monsignor Patrick Jacquin.

“We thank you for this friendly gesture,” Jacquin said, wishing Russian people a Merry Christmas.

Russian government representative Igor Tkatch told reporters that the idea of making such a present originated only a few weeks before, meaning that Moscow had to act fast.

When asked about the EU sanctions against Russia and on the delivery of two Mistral-class helicopter carriers to Russia, Tkatch said the gesture had nothing to do with politics.



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