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French-Thailand VIP Cocktail Soirée Highlights Paris 2024 Olympic Spirit

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The French Foreign Trade Advisors (Conseillers du Commerce Extérieur de la France or CCEF) held an exclusive VIP cocktail soirée on the evening of 15 June 2024 at the glamorous Sofitel Bangkok Sukhumvit. This splendid gathering marked the grand finale of the “Olympic Day” festivities in Bangkok, Thailand. Earlier, the “Olympic Day: Road to Paris 2024” event at Benchakitti Park was co-organised by the Thai Olympic National Committee, the French Embassy in Thailand, and the French Foreign Trade Advisors in Thailand (CCEF). Attendees spent the day enraptured by sports demonstrations, interactive workshops, and an exhilarating open-air musical festival featuring acclaimed Thai and French bands and musicians. The event served as a grand prelude to the upcoming 2024 Summer Olympics, officially named the Games of the XXXIII Olympiad, set to take place in Paris from 26 July to 11 August. The exclusive VIP cocktail gathering embodied the enduring friendship between France and Thailand, uniting dignitaries, business moguls, and celebrated athletes under one opulent roof.

The VIP cocktail soirée, meticulously organised by the CCEF in Thailand, promised an evening of unparalleled elegance and inspiration. Arnaud Bialecki, President of the French Foreign Trade Advisors in Thailand, underscored the event’s importance, stating, “As French Foreign Trade Advisors, and CEOs of French firms within Thailand, it is our mission to see the economic bonds between France and Thailand flourish. Passion for sports unites individuals, including business leaders. We felt that hosting an event to promote the Paris Olympics was a perfect opportunity to showcase France’s finest to our Thai friends.”

The gala commenced with inspiring opening remarks delivered by H.E. Mr. Jean-Claude Poimboeuf, the French Ambassador to Thailand. This was followed by speeches from notable dignitaries and officials from both nations, including Khun Ying Patama Leeswadtrakul from the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Mr. Chadchart Sittipunt, Governor of Bangkok, and French Foreign Trade Advisor President, Mr. Arnaud Bialecki.

The highlights of the evening showcased Break Dance, a new addition to this year’s Olympic sports lineup. A mesmerizing dance performance featuring this year’s athletes, alongside DJ T-Sia, electrified the guests. Following this, audiences were treated to a dazzling demonstration of BMX bicycle skills by the four-time consecutive BMX champion, Alex Jumelin.

Guests had the extraordinary chance to interact with iconic athletes, including the French football World Cup winner of 1998 and Premier League legend Emmanuel Petit, as well as Cyril Moré, a multi-gold medal Paralympic fencing champion. Thai athletes also graced the event, including sailing champions Sophia Montgomery and Arthit Mikhail Romanyk, who will compete in the Paris 2024 Olympic Games. These athletes shared their inspiring Olympic journeys, encapsulating the values of dedication and excellence that the Games represent.

The culinary delights of the evening were nothing short of spectacular. Michelin-starred chefs Vincent Thierry from Chef’s Table at Lebua Hotel and Wilfrid Hocquet from Blue by Alain Ducasse curated a special gastronomic display dubbed “Spirit of Food & Music.” Guests embarked on a sumptuous culinary journey reflective of France’s rich culinary heritage.

The VIP cocktail soirée was more than just a celebration of the Olympic spirit; it was a testament to the strengthening economic and cultural ties between France and Thailand. It epitomized shared values and mutual respect, setting a vibrant stage for future collaboration and enduring friendship.


  1. Samuel James June 24, 2024

    This event sounds extremely opulent. I can’t help but wonder about the environmental impact of such lavish gatherings. Is this really necessary when so many people are struggling?

    • Anna_M. June 24, 2024

      I disagree, Samuel. These kinds of events can stimulate economic ties and provide a platform for positive cultural exchange. Plus, they’re celebrating the Olympic spirit!

      • SJ1978 June 24, 2024

        You do have a point, Anna, but it still seems like resources could be better allocated. There’s so much inequality in the world.

      • Paschal W. June 24, 2024

        In many ways, Samuel’s right. Ethical considerations are often overshadowed by pomp and show. Saying it’s for ‘cultural exchange’ is just a convenient justification.

    • Lyla Davis June 24, 2024

      It’s not just about the event night itself. These gatherings often drive long-term benefits such as tourism and business investments in the host region.

  2. Jules T. June 24, 2024

    Isn’t it fantastic to see break dance finally recognized as an Olympic sport? The performance must have been mind-blowing!

    • Mark B. June 24, 2024

      Totally agree, Jules! It’s about time that more modern and diverse sports get international recognition.

    • Ron June 24, 2024

      I don’t know, it seems like the Olympics are moving away from traditional sports. Next thing you know, we’ll have video gaming as an Olympic sport.

    • Jules T. June 24, 2024

      Traditional or not, the Olympics should evolve to include various athletic expressions. Break dance requires just as much skill and dedication!

    • Sophie D. June 24, 2024

      Ron, eSports are already gaining major traction. Who knows, maybe gaming will be there someday too. Adapt or get left behind.

  3. Tim June 24, 2024

    Why hold this in Thailand and not Paris? It’s a bit weird considering it’s for the Paris 2024 Olympics.

    • Clarisse June 24, 2024

      Tim, it’s about international engagement. Having these events in other countries drags worldwide attention and creates solidarity among nations.

    • Jake L. June 24, 2024

      Plus, Thailand has a growing interest in sports, and it strengthens bilateral ties. It’s not always about the location but the message they’re sending.

    • Sarah Coleman June 24, 2024

      Exactly Jake! Thailand hosted this as part of their Olympic Day festivities. It’s a global celebration.

  4. Lisa_73 June 24, 2024

    The inclusion of famous chefs and culinary displays seems a bit over the top. It’s supposed to be about athletics, not cuisine!

    • GourmetGreg June 24, 2024

      Why not showcase every aspect of national pride? Food, culture, athletics – it all goes hand in hand. Celebrating the Olympic spirit through food sounds delightful.

    • Lisa_73 June 24, 2024

      I still think the focus should remain solely on sports. The glitzy culinary showcase distracts from the true essence of the Olympics.

    • Martha Lee June 24, 2024

      Greg has a point though. Food is an integral part of culture. Including it embraces a holistic approach to celebration.

  5. Tom C. June 24, 2024

    This sounds like a huge PR stunt for France. It’s just an excuse for politicians and business people to rub shoulders.

    • PoliticoPat June 24, 2024

      You might be right, Tom. But these networking events are crucial in the world of international relations and business.

    • Analyst123 June 24, 2024

      Agreed. It’s a win-win for both countries in terms of diplomatic and economic relations, no matter how glamorous it seems.

  6. Ron June 24, 2024

    Meeting legends like Emmanuel Petit and Cyril Moré must have been incredible! I wish I could have attended.

    • Paul W. June 24, 2024

      Right? It’s rare to get that close to Olympic and World Cup champions. A dream come true for any sports fan.

    • Sarah Coleman June 24, 2024

      Their stories are so inspiring. Athletes like them remind us that hard work and dedication truly pay off.

  7. FrankK June 24, 2024

    I’m excited to see the economic and cultural partnerships that can come out of such events. It’s all about building a better future together.

    • SkepticalSue June 24, 2024

      I’m not sure how much tangible benefit these one-off events truly produce in the long run. It’s a lot of money for what seems like temporary boosts.

    • FrankK June 24, 2024

      That’s a valid concern, Sue, but history has shown that such gatherings often lay the groundwork for substantial future projects and partnerships.

  8. Vince T. June 24, 2024

    Do you think events like these will make the Paris 2024 Olympics the best games ever? I’m hopeful!

    • Jenny Lim June 24, 2024

      Hard to say, Vince. Every host city sets the bar higher, but it’s the athletes and the sportsmanship that make each Olympics uniquely memorable.

    • Freddie J. June 24, 2024

      I sure hope so. Paris has the potential to host an amazing event, especially with such a rich cultural and historical background.

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