BEIRUT: The municipalities of Bsharri, Lebanon, and Val d’Isère, France have inked an agreement to promote cultural exchange program. The program was facilitated by Christina Baroudi, a social activist, national athlete senior at Louise Wegmann high school.
Last June, ten Lebanese athletes were invited for a week-long, all expenses paid trip to train and ski in Val d’Isère, with 30 more scheduled to travel this coming June.
The cultural exchange program builds on Baroudi’s reputation as a national ski podium champion, her entrepreneurial skills, and her ongoing efforts to build on the cultural relationship between Lebanon and France.
On March 22, 2019, the mayor of Val d’Isère Marc Bauer led a French delegation to Lebanon to inaugurate the program.
Addressing participants, Baroudi voiced hope for further cultural, social, sport and economic development initiatives between the two countries. In attendance at the three-day high profile inauguration ceremony was the French Ambassador Bruno Foucher, Bsharri MP Sethrida Geagea, a number of Lebanese political leaders, and the respective mayors of the two municipalities.
Bauer, who later met with Prime Minister Saad Hariri, elaborated on the mutual benefits that the program can bring Bsharri and Val d’Isère.
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