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Bienvenue to the Düsseldorf France Festival!

From 05 to 07 July, the Old Town (Altstadt) will once again be transformed into "Petit Paris on the Rhine": Culinary delicacies and a colourful cultural and musical programme bring joie-de-vivre à la française to the 19th France Festival in Düsseldorf. More than 100,000 visitors are expected to enjoy the savoir-vivre and to celebrate Franco-German friendship at well over 100 stands.

The heart of the event is the courtyard of the Town Hall (Rathaus) with an original French stage programme: Musically accompanied by popular chansons and French pop, folk & rock music, the visitors can, amongst other things, look forward to oysters, Champagne, coq au vin and tarte flambée. The organiser of the France Festival is the business association Destination Düsseldorf, which also enriches city life with the schauinsland-reisen Jazz Rally and is celebrating its already 30th anniversary this year.

A French weekly market welcomes visitors to the Rhine promenade: The wide range on offer includes sausage, cheese and bread specialities, nougat and exquisite oils, as well as ceramics, woodwork, clothing and soaps scented with lavender. France's regions will also introduce themselves and present their tourist highlights, including Alsace, the Breton Riviera and Saarland, with a cross-border cooperation between Metz, Saarbrücken, Trier and Luxembourg. Entertaining language courses, Jeu de Boule, French literature and a tombola with attractive prices round off the three days in Bleu, Blanc, Rouge.

Vintage car fans will also get their money’s worth: When Burgplatz, parallel to the France Festival, fills up with about 150 French vintage cars, countless visitors from near and far stream into the Old Town (Altstadt).   From here the historic vehicles start the traditional "Tour de Düsseldorf". The rally is the biggest meeting of French vintage cars in Germany and will be heading towards Bergisches Land this year. For more information: www.duesseldorfer-frankreich-fest.de.

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