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« Reply #135 on: April 13, 2017, 02:52:33 AM »

Address by HE Francois Zimeray
Ambassador of France to Denmark

On the occasion of the presentation of the insignia of Grand Officer in the Order of the Legion of Honor to HRH Princess Marie of Denmark
April 7, 2017


Your Royal Highness Prince Henry,
Your Royal Highness Prince Joachim,
Your Royal Highness Princess Marie

Excellencies,
 
Dear friends,

It is for the entire French Embassy, ​​for Karine and for me, an immense honor to receive you to celebrate the merits of Your daughter in law, Your beautiful daughter, Your wife, Her Royal Highness Princess Marie of Denmark.
 

Madame,

A few years ago, in Paris, I was charged with organizing the celebrations of the sixtieth anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. We had planned a big exhibition where each of the thirty articles of the Declaration would be illustrated with a photograph and it was my responsibility to choose. To include the rights of the child, such as the abolition of slavery or the prohibition of torture, this selection had proved easy.

We had - sadly - only the embarrassment of the choice to imagery each of these themes. But I remember that the most difficult was to find the best way to illustrate article 1, the right to dignity, How to represent dignity in an image? My choice finally stopped on a photograph of James Nachtwey, a sumptuous landscape: the plain of Africa, dear to Karen Blixen, immense calm, eternal. In the foreground, sitting on a rock, two teenagers with tribal paintings on their bodies, elbows on their knees, contemplate the distance, majestically.

In French, the word majesté means first a title, but it also means a quality, a way of being, of existing, of holding its role in the world that inspires this sense of dignity.
 
It is this notion of dignity that comes to mind when I think of your role within the monarchy, the way you have to embody the nobility of a family and a people in also inscribing you in the valley of the centuries. You do it with elegance, in the tension between the passion you put into everything and the part of discretion, of abnegation, which this also supposes, of which you do not let anything appear.
 
This Legion of Honor, the highest distinction that France can bestow, is addressed to the Princess, and through her to the whole royal family of Denmark. But first, it devotes your personal merits. It testifies to the profound affection of France for your family and for Denmark, because you know our countries share a common history and millennium. It is this whole relationship made of values ​​of commitment that you embody magnificently, and whose strength you reinforce. Needless to say, Denmark and France, in the long history, have often fought side by side and never face to face, as they are fighting together for freedom of conscience and expression, equality of the sexes.
 
You are the incarnation of this French woman who has always held an eminent place in our culture and symbolizes our freedom.

For the admiration of the women involved has been part of a long tradition since Marianne, the Princess of Cleves, Madame de la Fayette, Marie Curie, Lucie Aubrac and Simone de Beauvoir.

Certainly equality did not prevail from one day to the next. But this very French label that makes the gallant discover and bow before the lady has undoubtedly constituted a favorable ground for the conquest of the rights of women.

A patron of the prize of French-speaking literature in Denmark, you are perfectly illustrating the vision of the historian Mona Ozouf, for whom "France is a feminine and literary country." You are also a committed woman, and if I judge of the causes which you defend, and of your energy in defending them, I have the idea that you would have been an excellent advocate; I saw that you do not let go.
 
You are engaged in the great challenges of our time. You promote the fight against food waste, concerned about the state of the Earth that we will leave to our children. But you are also concerned with the spirit of the children we will leave to our Earth. So you are resolutely focused on youth and education, whether it is fighting autism, helping the children of the Odense Hospital or sponsoring universities. And what would be education without the fight against poverty: your humanitarian commitments in Morocco or Burma in support of the Danish NGOs are impressive. You go so far as to involve yourself personally in helping the poor, when you visit the victims of Storm Urd at Noel. You are committed to the Danish Emergency Management Agency. I know that you would like to practice more often in the field the training that you have followed, but that your status is an obstacle. This honors you infinitely.

But beyond that, your personality and background also embodies Europe. I have often thought that Denmark is much more European than it thinks. And, as Madame de Staël said, "the European spirit must now be respected".

You master five European languages, Danish, English, Italian, Spanish ... and even French. You multiply your European commitments, at the European School in Copenhagen or at the Danish Foundation of the Cité Internationale de Paris. I note in passing that you have chosen to call your daughter Athena, goddess of the cradle of Europe. Like so many Europeans, you have married a new nation, while remaining attached to the one you come from: I will never forget your emotion and that of your family.
 
For this life of commitment, you lead it in fidelity to your origins, to those who made you - I greet your parents and brothers, who came especially from France - and with in the heart the warm memory of your grandmother, Baroness Odile de Sairigné, who was for you a landmark and a source of balance. This life of commitment you lead it also thanks to the support of your husband Prince Joachim, who encourages you and of which you say with admiration that he is "always positive".
 
Dear Princess Marie, there are still some who consider the French proud or arrogant. They must be somewhat surprised to see the Republic gladly honor a royal highness. It is because this high distinction recognizes commitments of all kinds provided they are at the service of universal values. But having been privileged to see you in the exercise of your duties, to hold your rank and to defend so many universal causes, I am now convinced that even if you were not of French descent, you woul equally deserve this medal.
 
Our age challenges us to everything that is dear to us. The world seems at times overwhelmed by vulgarity, entertainment replaces culture, political thought is expressed in tweets and the brutality takes possession of some of the world's most powerful leaders. As opposed to the spectacle we are given to see, you have perfectly adopted the way of being of a family mixing everyday simplicity with sophistication, like the Danish design, appreciated all over the world. Your kingdom attests that the nobility does not exclude simplicity. And that suits you very well, Madame. In this way, you incarnate with historical continuity, refinement, culture and commitment.
 
For all these reasons, Princess Marie of Denmark, in the name of the President of the Republic, and by virtue of the powers conferred on us, we make you Grand Officer of the Legion of Honor.




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This is really lovely, Peeds!  Star  That honor was well-deserved on Marie's part.  

And she accomplished it without having to do multiple "looker me!" tours of France.  Amazing.



Isn't it?! Reading it I got all warm and fuzzy. You can feel every emotion in that speech that the ambassador gave in Marie's honor.

Truly well-deserved.

And a blingie back right atcha  Star

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« Reply #136 on: April 13, 2017, 06:17:39 AM »

Joachim is sooo proud of her  Cute











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« Reply #137 on: April 13, 2017, 11:59:23 AM »

WOW! Marie mentioned along with Mariane and Marie Curie. That is an amazing honour.
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« Reply #138 on: April 13, 2017, 12:24:31 PM »

Good going, Marie. That was a really beautiful speech. If I were Marie, my eyes would be soooo wet after those words. Very very flattering. But then, she really is awesome and deserves some proper recognition. She's always downplayed so much by the media, it's nice that SOMEONE credits her good work.  Thumb up

Off topic, but the woman in the last picture kinda looks like Mosh from behind.  Secret
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« Reply #139 on: April 13, 2017, 04:52:01 PM »


You master five European languages, Danish, English, Italian, Spanish ... and even French. 


No Malay?  Tongue
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« Reply #140 on: April 13, 2017, 05:30:35 PM »


You master five European languages, Danish, English, Italian, Spanish ... and even French. 


No Malay?  Tongue

She can give it a try, but since when is Malay a European language?  Tongue  Wink

French, a language I couldn't handle/master at highschool. Still struggeling with it.
So currently my list of European languages is still limited to three (Dutch, German and English). But that is easy as the languages are look a like (all Germanic languages; West Germanic to be precise)
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« Reply #141 on: April 13, 2017, 06:34:15 PM »


You master five European languages, Danish, English, Italian, Spanish ... and even French. 


No Malay?  Tongue


That language is only reserved for the Crown Princess, silly.

No second of the second of the second is allowed to utter a word in Malay  Tongue

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« Reply #142 on: April 21, 2017, 09:27:38 PM »

April 20
Marie attended the Emergency Management Agency National Forum for the prevention of accidents at the Citadel in Copenhagen.
The new national forum for accident prevention will henceforth meet in connection with seminars on selected topics that will be highlighted through professional presentations, debates and workshops. Marie is associated as a special project assistant in prevention with the Emergency Management Agency.





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« Reply #143 on: April 22, 2017, 05:43:35 PM »


The forum, which was NOT on the calendar, and completely ignored by media...AGAIN... Ranting


National forum to strengthen prevention

On Thursday was the first meeting of a new national forum for accident prevention held. The goal of the Forum include reducing the number of fatalities caused by fire.

Emergency Management Agency presented earlier this year a national strategy for the prevention of accidents and disasters. One of the main points of the strategy was to establish a national forum to prevent and reduce the cost of accidents and disasters.

Today was the first meeting of the forum held. A number of players who also participated in work on the strategy, opened with HRH Princess Marie, who is associated Emergency Management, the forum. Then there were professional presentations and discussions on the causes of fire, digital volunteers and volunteerism in general.

Specific goals for the future work:

The National Forum for the prevention of accidents with such a broad range of authorities, organizations, associations, etc. help to create a more holistic and cross anchoring of the prevention strategy. Specifically, the work of the new forum support the main objectives of the national crime prevention strategy:

Fewer deaths and injuries and fewer expenses for injuries associated with fires, strong storms and floods. Increased risk awareness and more decisiveness, self-reliance and helpfulness of the population before, during and after serious accidents and disasters

- "We are very satisfied with the specific academic work is started. Now we must work together with the elements pointing towards the overall objectives. It will be a long haul, but it is encouraging to see that so many actors involved in the work", said Head of Emergency Management Henrik G. Petersen.

About the National Forum for the prevention of accidents
The National Forum for the prevention of accidents is based on the national prevention strategy that was launched in February this year. The strategy developed by a working group of:

- Local Government Association
- Danish Red Cross
- Health
- National Board
- Civil Protection League
- Transport, Building and Housing
- National police
- Police Intelligence
- Emergency Management

With the new forum is a wide range of authorities, organizations, associations, etc., which were part of a working group and an advisory group in connection with the preparation of the national prevention strategy. Several have since been added.

The overall forum will henceforth meet in connection with seminars on selected topics that will be highlighted through professional presentations, debates and workshops. In addition, in relation to specific initiatives will be formed working groups with the participation of the relevant authorities and other parties.
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« Reply #144 on: April 23, 2017, 07:51:11 AM »

The people who matter know exactly  who works hard, and who does a good job - and who doesn't.
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« Reply #145 on: April 23, 2017, 03:57:26 PM »

Address by HE Francois Zimeray
Ambassador of France to Denmark

On the occasion of the presentation of the insignia of Grand Officer in the Order of the Legion of Honor to HRH Princess Marie of Denmark
April 7, 2017


Your Royal Highness Prince Henry,
Your Royal Highness Prince Joachim,
Your Royal Highness Princess Marie

Excellencies,
 
Dear friends,

It is for the entire French Embassy, ​​for Karine and for me, an immense honor to receive you to celebrate the merits of Your daughter in law, Your beautiful daughter, Your wife, Her Royal Highness Princess Marie of Denmark.
 

Madame,

A few years ago, in Paris, I was charged with organizing the celebrations of the sixtieth anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. We had planned a big exhibition where each of the thirty articles of the Declaration would be illustrated with a photograph and it was my responsibility to choose. To include the rights of the child, such as the abolition of slavery or the prohibition of torture, this selection had proved easy.

We had - sadly - only the embarrassment of the choice to imagery each of these themes. But I remember that the most difficult was to find the best way to illustrate article 1, the right to dignity, How to represent dignity in an image? My choice finally stopped on a photograph of James Nachtwey, a sumptuous landscape: the plain of Africa, dear to Karen Blixen, immense calm, eternal. In the foreground, sitting on a rock, two teenagers with tribal paintings on their bodies, elbows on their knees, contemplate the distance, majestically.

In French, the word majesté means first a title, but it also means a quality, a way of being, of existing, of holding its role in the world that inspires this sense of dignity.
 
It is this notion of dignity that comes to mind when I think of your role within the monarchy, the way you have to embody the nobility of a family and a people in also inscribing you in the valley of the centuries. You do it with elegance, in the tension between the passion you put into everything and the part of discretion, of abnegation, which this also supposes, of which you do not let anything appear.
 
This Legion of Honor, the highest distinction that France can bestow, is addressed to the Princess, and through her to the whole royal family of Denmark. But first, it devotes your personal merits. It testifies to the profound affection of France for your family and for Denmark, because you know our countries share a common history and millennium. It is this whole relationship made of values ​​of commitment that you embody magnificently, and whose strength you reinforce. Needless to say, Denmark and France, in the long history, have often fought side by side and never face to face, as they are fighting together for freedom of conscience and expression, equality of the sexes.
 
You are the incarnation of this French woman who has always held an eminent place in our culture and symbolizes our freedom.

For the admiration of the women involved has been part of a long tradition since Marianne, the Princess of Cleves, Madame de la Fayette, Marie Curie, Lucie Aubrac and Simone de Beauvoir.

Certainly equality did not prevail from one day to the next. But this very French label that makes the gallant discover and bow before the lady has undoubtedly constituted a favorable ground for the conquest of the rights of women.

A patron of the prize of French-speaking literature in Denmark, you are perfectly illustrating the vision of the historian Mona Ozouf, for whom "France is a feminine and literary country." You are also a committed woman, and if I judge of the causes which you defend, and of your energy in defending them, I have the idea that you would have been an excellent advocate; I saw that you do not let go.
 
You are engaged in the great challenges of our time. You promote the fight against food waste, concerned about the state of the Earth that we will leave to our children. But you are also concerned with the spirit of the children we will leave to our Earth. So you are resolutely focused on youth and education, whether it is fighting autism, helping the children of the Odense Hospital or sponsoring universities. And what would be education without the fight against poverty: your humanitarian commitments in Morocco or Burma in support of the Danish NGOs are impressive. You go so far as to involve yourself personally in helping the poor, when you visit the victims of Storm Urd at Noel. You are committed to the Danish Emergency Management Agency. I know that you would like to practice more often in the field the training that you have followed, but that your status is an obstacle. This honors you infinitely.

But beyond that, your personality and background also embodies Europe. I have often thought that Denmark is much more European than it thinks. And, as Madame de Staël said, "the European spirit must now be respected".

You master five European languages, Danish, English, Italian, Spanish ... and even French. You multiply your European commitments, at the European School in Copenhagen or at the Danish Foundation of the Cité Internationale de Paris. I note in passing that you have chosen to call your daughter Athena, goddess of the cradle of Europe. Like so many Europeans, you have married a new nation, while remaining attached to the one you come from: I will never forget your emotion and that of your family.
 
For this life of commitment, you lead it in fidelity to your origins, to those who made you - I greet your parents and brothers, who came especially from France - and with in the heart the warm memory of your grandmother, Baroness Odile de Sairigné, who was for you a landmark and a source of balance. This life of commitment you lead it also thanks to the support of your husband Prince Joachim, who encourages you and of which you say with admiration that he is "always positive".
 
Dear Princess Marie, there are still some who consider the French proud or arrogant. They must be somewhat surprised to see the Republic gladly honor a royal highness. It is because this high distinction recognizes commitments of all kinds provided they are at the service of universal values. But having been privileged to see you in the exercise of your duties, to hold your rank and to defend so many universal causes, I am now convinced that even if you were not of French descent, you woul equally deserve this medal.
 
Our age challenges us to everything that is dear to us. The world seems at times overwhelmed by vulgarity, entertainment replaces culture, political thought is expressed in tweets and the brutality takes possession of some of the world's most powerful leaders. As opposed to the spectacle we are given to see, you have perfectly adopted the way of being of a family mixing everyday simplicity with sophistication, like the Danish design, appreciated all over the world. Your kingdom attests that the nobility does not exclude simplicity. And that suits you very well, Madame. In this way, you incarnate with historical continuity, refinement, culture and commitment.
 
For all these reasons, Princess Marie of Denmark, in the name of the President of the Republic, and by virtue of the powers conferred on us, we make you Grand Officer of the Legion of Honor.




 Curtsey

This is really lovely, Peeds!  Star  That honor was well-deserved on Marie's part.  

And she accomplished it without having to do multiple "looker me!" tours of France.  Amazing.



Isn't it?! Reading it I got all warm and fuzzy. You can feel every emotion in that speech that the ambassador gave in Marie's honor.

Truly well-deserved.

And a blingie back right atcha  Star




how beautiful...............
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« Reply #146 on: April 23, 2017, 07:12:00 PM »


The forum, which was NOT on the calendar, and completely ignored by media...AGAIN... Ranting


National forum to strengthen prevention

On Thursday was the first meeting of a new national forum for accident prevention held. The goal of the Forum include reducing the number of fatalities caused by fire.

Emergency Management Agency presented earlier this year a national strategy for the prevention of accidents and disasters. One of the main points of the strategy was to establish a national forum to prevent and reduce the cost of accidents and disasters.

Today was the first meeting of the forum held. A number of players who also participated in work on the strategy, opened with HRH Princess Marie, who is associated Emergency Management, the forum. Then there were professional presentations and discussions on the causes of fire, digital volunteers and volunteerism in general.

Specific goals for the future work:

The National Forum for the prevention of accidents with such a broad range of authorities, organizations, associations, etc. help to create a more holistic and cross anchoring of the prevention strategy. Specifically, the work of the new forum support the main objectives of the national crime prevention strategy:

Fewer deaths and injuries and fewer expenses for injuries associated with fires, strong storms and floods. Increased risk awareness and more decisiveness, self-reliance and helpfulness of the population before, during and after serious accidents and disasters

- "We are very satisfied with the specific academic work is started. Now we must work together with the elements pointing towards the overall objectives. It will be a long haul, but it is encouraging to see that so many actors involved in the work", said Head of Emergency Management Henrik G. Petersen.

About the National Forum for the prevention of accidents
The National Forum for the prevention of accidents is based on the national prevention strategy that was launched in February this year. The strategy developed by a working group of:

- Local Government Association
- Danish Red Cross
- Health
- National Board
- Civil Protection League
- Transport, Building and Housing
- National police
- Police Intelligence
- Emergency Management

With the new forum is a wide range of authorities, organizations, associations, etc., which were part of a working group and an advisory group in connection with the preparation of the national prevention strategy. Several have since been added.

The overall forum will henceforth meet in connection with seminars on selected topics that will be highlighted through professional presentations, debates and workshops. In addition, in relation to specific initiatives will be formed working groups with the participation of the relevant authorities and other parties.

Not even any camera phone pics?  Thinking

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« Reply #147 on: May 18, 2017, 06:43:43 PM »

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On the occasion of World AIDS Vaccine Day, Prinsesse Marie met with stakeholders for the AIDS Vaccine Initiative. The briefing, organized by AIDS Foundation in collaboration with the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative, referred to both the progress and the potential for a vaccine that can prevent HIV infection. Here is Princess with director of AIDS Foundation, Andreas Gylling Æbelø.







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« Reply #148 on: May 18, 2017, 09:23:09 PM »


Marie's blouse is from BAUM & PFERGARTEN




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« Reply #149 on: June 09, 2017, 01:36:20 AM »

Marie gave a long interview about Denmark and her life there to Point de Vue Magazine ! Heaven , owner of Princess Marie's Closet , translated the interview from French to English already so I'm going to just put her translation here. I really love this interview! Marie is impressive imo
http://princessmariesclos...s-interview-to-point.html







Interviewer: For several years, Denmark is seen as "the country of happiness". How do you explain it ?
Marie : There is a lot of reasons. The social model, the education and even the weather! The severity of the climate forces the Danes to be so strong and brave : they won't be stopped by any storm. The long winters are also why they like to spend so much of their time at home, it is what is famously called Hygge, this joy of staying together , in the family home,  and sharing simple joys. We do this a lot too. Being at home, lighting candles everywhere, resting in front of the fireplace, listening to the kids playing inside, reading a good book , what is more pleasant than that ? In general, Danes have a very balanced relationship between their professional lives and personal lives.

I: How does that show?
M: Here, we do not work late at night. My fellow citizens are efficient, they avoid wasting their times and start their day early in the morning. By the way, as French, I used to have latin hours. It took me a lot of adaptation to be fully active by 6 am. But I'm used to it now.. And with the kids , you have to wake up early anyway. Another form of wiseness : the Danes are good at leaving their phones away when they are home. It's hard. I always want to answer the emails I receive very quickly.

I: But do you have a "danish" daily life ?
M: We have a simple life. The most important thing to me is taking care of my children. They are everything for me and it's important for me that they are not raised by other people than me and my husband. Of course, we are lucky to have people to help us when we work but it is very important to me to take care of the daily life. If my daughter needs anything, she calls me. The same thing applies to my son. Even if I sometimes tell them I don't have the time (laughs). We have the same life as our fellow citizens , except that when we work, the press is there.

I: Is this exposition hard to deal with?
M: It really depends of your personality. You have to know that , despite wanting to, you can't please everyone. I wouldn't be able to play a role , to not be myself in any ways. That's how it is. I'm doing my best. Human beings have always been critical, maybe that today with social media you can hear it even more but I know how to concentrate on what is important.

I: If you had to describe the danish spirit in three words..
M: First and foremost, without any hesitation, positive!

I: Just like you then!
M: I can seem very happy but you know, I can also be very French... (laughs). For the two other words , I'd say peaceful and truthful. You can count on the Danes.

I: Your fellow citizens are so honest that you can see in front of shops or restaurant , strollers with babies asleep in them without any parents near them!
M: It's pretty amazing actually. It shows that Danes feel good, are not afraid, that they trust other people. It is a safe country where the society works harmoniously. It doesn't mean that this model is exportable everywhere in the world.

I: Is this harmony linked to the fact that your country is small ?
M: The size of the country plays a role in it because the territory is homogeneous. But you also have to take into account our history. We have the oldest monarchy in Europe and we deeply care about our traditions. But the country is also very modern. The education plays a big role too.

I: In what way ?
M: In Denmark, we teach children that they shouldn't compare themselves to others. The idea is to be happy with who we are , with what we have. This way we avoid jealousy and competition. At school, there are no grades for example until very late in their schooling. Every student is at the same level. The children don't feel diminished. They don't doubt themselves. You can always find negative things about this system but I think that it is mostly positive. It's also positive because children like to learn. My son cries if he can't go to school! He's very happy when he goes to school.

I: What are the keys of this joy to learn ?
M: Children's creativity is very encouraged. We teach them to be themselves. In France, we had backpacks full of big books as soon as we started school. Here, kids start going to school when they're 6. We think that before 6 , they need to play. I sticked to that idea for one of my children. The other will start school a little before school because we feel like it's the right time. Every personality is different. Another danish feature : there is less classes each day here. For example, my son starts school at 8 am and is done at 1pm. Then, in the afternoon, they do activities like sport, art, music. My son sometimes goes to the forest to observe animals. They are outside as much as possible and their link to nature is fundamental. Even babies sleep outside a lot.

I: Even when it's very cold ?
M: We are careful when the temperatures are low of course (laughs). The first time my husband showed me this method, I was...surprised! Even pretty scared but I was convinced pretty quickly. Kids sleep very well apparently...

I: Do you have education principles that come more from your side of the family ?
M: Fundamentals are very important to me. Politeness of course , good manners too.. For example, children shouldn't interrupt adults when they are talking. They have to look at whoever they are saying hello to. I'm very strict about this and I think it doesn't prevent the children to be and feel free, to have fun and to feel loved. Respecting adults is very important. You have to be able to live together. There are moments for adults and moments for children.

I:Your father-in-law is French, would you say that your husband is fully Danish though ?
M: He is just like his mother, he is very creative just like her. He is very good in artistic fields even if not a lot of people know that. From his father , he took elegance, a huge culture and he is very lively. He is ultra positive and equanimous. I have never seen him in a bad mood! He always see the good side of everything. He is a perfect Dane but he is still open to the world , he married a foreigner after all!

I:What about your children ?
M: They are a mix of us both. They have a little of my spirit of freedom. They have amazing personalities and are very curious!

I: Since simple pleasures are valued in Denmark, could you tell us what your simple pleasures are ?
M: When I go get my kids from school. I'll never get tired of it. Being with my husband just before dinner. Drinking wine together , talking about our day. Our big walks in the nature too! I can walk for hours. As soon as I can, I go walking. I hate running though!

I: Is there a Danish saying that you think is very true ?
M: "Speech is silver, Silent is golden" (i.e it's better to listen than to talk). It also exists in French but I think it suits the danish way of living quite well. My fellow citizens don't talk a lot about themselves. They know how to listen, which can make them a little shy sometimes. I love this ability of always taking interest into others.

I: Is there any cliché about Denmark that makes you angry?
M: Do you have an example ?

I: That Denmark is a country of Vikings ?
M: That's also true. My husband is never sick. He never goes to the doctor. He's very strong. He is a Viking! They have very good genes!

I: That every Danes bike ?
M: It's true! Even the Ministers! You can even see very sophisticated women , in high heels, fighting wind and rain , or mothers biking to drop their kids to school. I do that too, I'm totally used to it now : I take my son, my daughter and even my dog! Everyone comes...

I: Your dog has to be small then
M: It is. She is a Bichon Frisé. Her name is Apple. I had her before coming to Denmark.

I: How old is she?
M: She's 12 and she has the obligation to stay alive! I want her to be with us as long as possible.

I: Did certain things surprised you when you arrived in Denmark?
M: People swimming in winter! Apparently, it creates a real sense of exhilaration. I'm going to try because I'm very curious and I don't want to die without knowing..

I: There is another important aspect of a culture : gastronomy
M: Nordic and Danish cooking are very popular and well-known right now. Tourists from all over the world come to Denmark to discover this cooking based on the naturalness of products, the importance of organic food, the creativity. I'm Patron of the Copenhagen Food & Cooking Festival , which is a great joy for me because I love food! This engagement is linked to another mission that I care about : fighting against food waste. Denmark is a pioneer in this fight. We take more initiatives on this theme than any European countries.

I: Could you give us a traditional meal that you really like ?
M: I like cooking a lot and one of my favorite meals is "crispy pork". We eat this kind of like we eat crisps. You can eat it everywhere in the country but it is not very "dietetic". The other thing I find delicious is rye bread, there are around two hundred different kinds here. We don't have white bread here. I also cook French meals of course..

I: If you had to guide our readers through your country, where would you start ?
M: When friends visit us,  I love showing them the National Museum of Contemporary Art, the Louisiana Museum just outside Copenhagen, but also the small galeries in town. The Opera is worth seeing and the ballets at the Royal Theatre as well : it's a must! The beautiful castles truly are the historic identity of our country. And what could be more pleasant than a walk on the beautiful bridge Nyhavn with an obligatory stop to Tivoli for the children... and the parents! Another thing that fascinates me is design which is becoming one of our brands. It started in the 1950s and since then , this purified and ultra-modern trend hasn't stopped developing.

I: Could you tell us about some of those designs ?
M: A visit to Ilumsbolighus will give you an idea of the Danish style. Every generation can find something they like there. There are classics like the porcelain of Royal Copenhagen, the furnitures of Arne Jacobsen, Hans Wegner, Finn Juhl or Fritz Hansen, the silverware and jewelry of Georg Jensen... You will also find there the creations of new brands like Hay, very young and creative, Normann Copenhagen or Muuto. The architecture is very dynamic too. Today we are lucky to witness the success of the young architect Bjarke Ingels. He is 42 and he creates extraordinary places all around the world. He was selected to built the second tower of the World Trade Center and the Google Campus in California. In Copenhagen, he will build a waste incinerator and its roof will be... a ski area! In France, he is supervising the Europacity project, near Roissy.

I: Even if the country of happiness, there has to be things that need improvement. Could you tell me about the causes you defend and work for ?
M: Wherever we are, we have to pay attention and care about the most vulnerable ones. I try to take care as much as possible of the people with disabilities , autistic children and epileptic persons for example. I also work with the AIDS Foundation. These moments are important for me. I deeply love spending time with these persons and I am proud to live in a country that take care of its people.
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