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After hosting five historical World Expos between 1855 and 1900, France organised in Paris the second World Expo to be registered by the BIE: World Expo 1937. France then organised three Specialised Expos as well as one Horticultural Expo. France is a regular and active participant in World and Specialised Expos. The country has received several awards for the thematic development and the design of its pavilions. A founding member of the BIE, France is the depository power of the 1928 Paris Convention.
Pavilion typeSelf-Built Pavilion
Architect(s)Atelier du Prado Architectes and Celnikier & Grabli
ThemeEnergy transition toward a green growth
AwardBronze - "Theme Development" Category - pavilions larger than 700 m2
National Day21 Jun 2017
The Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) asks Pascal Lorot, the National Commissioner of the Pavilion of France, about the country’s participation at Expo 2017 Astana.
P. Lorot: The theme of the French Pavilion is an extension of the French State’s efforts to encourage “Energy transition for green growth”. More precisely, this law on energy transition for green growth and the action plans implemented in France must allow our country to:
Contribute more effectively to the fight against climate disruption;
Reinforce energy independence by better balancing different sources of supply;
Create a dynamic for positive ecology that lifts constraints and releases initiatives.
P. Lorot: Our partner companies exhibit different sources of energy that allow the reduction of energy consumption including: solar and biomass (Total), energy recovery from waste (Syctom), biogas recovery (Veolia), low-consumption products and materials (Peugeot, Vicat, Saint-Gobain), and fusion (Iter).
P. Lorot: Today, French policy in this area is based around four main objectives:
Giving priority to renewable energy and energy efficiency,
Improving energy access in rural and peri-urban areas,
Securing and reinforcing energy systems,
Strengthening energy policies and capacity for action
In practice, these objectives are reflected in France’s development aid policies. Of the 7.4 billion euros consecrated to energy sector investments in foreign countries by the Agence Française de Développement (AFD) since 2007, 5.8 million euros have gone towards the completion of projects in the area of renewable energy and energy efficiency.
Beyond the national context, France also encourages private funding alongside the traditional aid. These innovative mechanisms include the European Union’s Energy Facility program, and global coordination based around the “Energy for All” initiative (SE4All), launched in 2012 by the Secretary General of the United Nations, Ban-Ki Moon. France is the second largest European contributors to SE4All, which will be one of the international organisations participating in Expo 2017 Astana.
P. Lorot: As a reminder, the Paris Agreement was signed as a commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to limit the average temperature increase to no higher than 2°C. The Expo is an opportunity to present an overview of the different solutions at hand to achieve this goal.
ThemeDifferent Ways of Producing and Providing Food
AwardGold - "Architecture and Landscape" category - pavilions larger than 2,000m²
National Day21 Jun 2015
ThemeThe wonderful Adventures of Sogeumi Salt Crystal
LocationAtlantic Ocean Cluster
AwardSilver - "Creative Display" Category - pavilions between 250 and 750 m2
National Day14 Jul 2012
ThemeThe Sensual City
Architect(s)Jacques Ferrier Architects
AwardBronze - "Theme Development" category - Pavilions Category A
National Day21 Jun 2010
ThemeThe Properties of Water and Its Life Cycle
National Day20 Jun 2008
LocationGlobal Common 3
AwardSilver - "Content" Category - pavilions larger than 1296 m2
National Day14 Apr 2005
ThemeFrom Mobility to Movement
Architect(s)Françoise Hélène Jourda
National Day23 Jun 2000