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Minsk is amazing, French honorary consul Jean-Jacques Rinck says

One of the notable participants of the Belarusian-French Forum was Honorary Consul of Belarus in Lyon, Jean-Jacques Rinck. An influential person in the city - a lawyer, winemaker and artist - is able to assess Belarus as both a trading partner and a country for life. Our correspondent Anastasia Benedisyuk talked with Mr Rinck.

This is the final day of Monsieur and Madame Rinck in Belarus. This is their second time in Belarus.

Jean-Jacques Rinck is Honorary Consul of Belarus in Lyon. He is a really multifaceted person. Commander of the Order of the Legion of Honor, he is a lawyer, and an artist.

Jean-Jacques Rinck, Honorary Consul of Belarus in Lyon (France):
These are all original newspaper clippings, collected in 1940, also by a lawyer. To perpetuate his memory, I create such collages.

Rinck brought to Minsk 7 creations for the vernissage, every creation is hard work. It takes Jean-Jacques more than two weeks to complete one picture. These are clipping from the times of the Second World War. Here, for example, you can trace the chronology of a great naval battle of the Philippines.

Here is October 1940 - a the trial of a lawyer, who collaborated with the Nazis.

Jean-Jacques Rinck, Honorary Consul of Belarus in Lyon (France):
For Belarus, this picture is also maybe particularly noteworthy. Because there are lots of national colors here: green, red. Maybe I will come back from Minsk and add something national. Great idea. I will think about it.

Consul Rinck this week visited the opening of the famous salon "Art Capital" at the Gallery of Modern Art and the Bolshoi Theatre. Jean Jacques' passion is opera and music as a whole. His grandmother played the piano well.

Jean-Jacques Rinck, Honorary Consul of Belarus in Lyon (France):
This is my first time at Belarusian opera. It's great. Violetta is a true star. Beautiful tenor voices. Belarusian artists are unique. This is a Slavic timbre, you'll not find it anywhere else.

Jean-Jacques is also notable winemaker. He represents the most respected French corporation - winegrowers. By the way, Monsieur Rinck has a wine label on which there is a Belarusian coat of arms. While in Belarus, the winemaker wanted to find out more about Belarusian alcoholic beverages.

Jean-Jacques Rinck, Honorary Consul of Belarus in Lyon (France):
What is more difficult - a brew or French wine? I think that home-brew is still more difficult. I have never in my life seen such a design.
Am I impressed with Belarusian life? I am very impressed. Eco-trends are very strong now in France, we try not to buy products in stores but produce at home. Of course, I will practice at home these skills that I learned. In particular, bake bread.

Minsk and Lyon have some common historical points. This is a significant event - the opening of a memorial plaque to the famous Belarusian Gregory Evseichik: in 1944, he taught French pilots as part of the legendary Normandie-Niemen Regiment and made combat flights.

Jean-Jacques Rinck, Honorary Consul of Belarus in Lyon (France):
He was a real hero, that was a heroic life. In general, we have a lot in common. Take Slutsk belts, for example. Once sewing masters went to study in Lyon. And, of course, this is Marc Chagall, whose museum has long worked in Nice. In addition to culture we have economic ties. There is a wide road ahead.

Once Minsk learned from Lyon, known for its festivals of lights.

Jean-Jacques Rinck, Honorary Consul of Belarus in Lyon (France):
I am amazed with Minsk. It has changed a lot. It is developing. We were at the Museum of the Great Patriotic War, at the Town Hall, in the Orthodox Church. You have amazing architecture: the past and present co-exists, classic and modern designs are next to each other.

Minsk is amazing, French honorary consul Jean-Jacques Rinck says