A French delegation headed by Claude Blanchemaison, the Ambassador of France in Russia, will arrive in Yekaterinburg on May 14 for a two-week-long visit. According to the press service of the Ministry of International Economic Relations of the Sverdlovsk Region, Mr. Blanchemaison plans on meeting Pyotr Latyshev, the Plenipotentiary of the President of Russia in the Urals Federal District, and Eduard Rossel, the Governor of the Sverdlovsk Region. Also, the delegation will meet with the ministers of the regional government; Yekaterinburg administrators; Vikenty, the Archbishop of Yekaterinburg and Verkhotursk, and visit the Centre of the French Language and Culture at the Vissarion Belinsky Library. On May 15, French and Urals entrepreneurs will hold a cooperation exchange with the participation of such French companies as Biomerie medical diagnostics, Acros metal processing equipment suppliers, the V. Man Fis suppliers of perfume and primary aromatic substances, professionals specialising in energy infrastructures, the staff members of the International Laboratory of Innovational Technologies, and France Press reporters.
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