On Tuesday, January 18th, Paris was released in the Year of Brazil in France. With the presence of Gilberto Gil and ministers of the French Foreign Affairs, Michel Barnier (AFP photo), and Culture and Communication, Renaud Donnedieu de Vabres, the ceremony brought together about 400 people at the Palais des Affaires Etrangères (Palace of Foreign Affairs ), on the Quai d’Orsay. Also present at the launch, the French minister Renaud Donnedieu de Vabres (Culture and Communication), the presidents of Brazil and French Commissions, Midani André and Jean Gautier, the director general of the Foreign Ministry Culture, Edgard Telles Ribeiro, and Secretary of Articulation Institutional MinC, Marcio Meira. ’Throughout this year we want to propose a meaningful picture of the French variety and intensity of Brazilian Culture, without any filter or mediation in order to avoid any distortions and simulacra, "said Minister Gil. ’Another important aspect is the impact that these may produce bilateral relations at various levels, (...) on artistic expression, trade in goods and services, tourism and politics. " Read the Minister Gil’s speech in full: Year of Brazil in France . The French Minister Michel Barnier in his speech also stressed the impact of culture in diplomatic relations. "Ten months ago I nursed the ambition to give diplomacy a bond that went beyond political action, in a more human dimension ’. Have Donnedieu de Vabres, paid tribute to the artists and Brazilian and French thinkers who contributed to the cultural dialogue between the two countries’ to the great French Paul Claudel, Darius Milhaud, Blaise Cendrars, Fernand Braudel and Claude Lévi-Strauss, and the Brazilian Jorge Amado, Paulo Coelho, Frans Krajcberg and Tunga - that showed how we can add each other, beyond the waters of the Atlantic ’. Cultural diversity and modernity in Brazil will be the main theme of the Saison, which leads to France from March to December this year an extensive program with about 400 performances, exhibitions and cultural activities related to visual arts, performing arts, cinema, audiovisual, classical music and popular music, and seminars on academic, social and economic. Read more: Gilberto Gil presents the program for the Year of Brazil in France . The Culture of Brazil will be present in the main French cities in 2005 The Maison de L’Amerique Latine (photo 1), the Galeries du Grand Palais (photo 2), the Centre Pompidou (photo 3) and the Eglise du Sacre Couer (photo 4) spaces are some of the French capital’s most visited by tourists worldwide. Many of these important and receive the traditional local art exhibitions and popular, the film shows, the musical and performing arts, among other events, who will be presenting our country, in all its cultural diversity, in a very representative of the identity of the Brazilian people. Learn more . Read also the following matters disclosed by the Agency Brazil: - Brazilian NGOs participate in the Year of Brazil in France - Exhibition of photographs includes programming the Year of Brazil in France - Year of Brazil in France is the largest event ever held in Brazil Abroad - Gil travels to Paris today and on Tuesday launched the year of Brazil in France - Gil will officially launch the Paris shows that honors Brazil Schedule of Travel The culture minister, Gilberto Gil, is absent from the country during the period 16-21 January to meet many official engagements. In France, besides the official launch of the Saison Culturelle, he will visit the Headquarters of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization - which gives a lecture on Creative Industries for the ambassadors of the G-77 and meets the Deputy Director of UNESCO, Marcio Barbosa - and meets with the mayor of Paris, Bertrand Delanoë. In Geneva, Switzerland, on 19, the Minister Gil meets with leaders of the following international organizations: United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), International Labour Organization (ILO), World Intellectual Property Organization ( WIPO) and International Business Centre (ITC). On day 20, in Madrid, Gilberto Gil will meet with Minister of Culture of Spain, Carmen Calvo, to discuss the organization of an international meeting in support of the UNESCO Convention on Cultural Diversity. Returns to Brazil the next day.