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France 2019, an international exhibition of the Sea

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France 2019, an international exhibition of the Sea
France 2019, an international exhibition of the Sea

The Ouest-France group and Exponantes, in partnership with Crédit Maritime Grand Ouest, have joined forces for a unique project dedicated to the maritime world and all its diversity: La mer XXL. This is a genuine “universal exhibition” of the sea, a first in France, to be held in the Parc des Expositions in Nantes from 29th June to 10th July 2019, with more than 100,000 visitors expected. 

The Nautic 2017 exhibition in Paris provided the occasion for Jean-Marie Biette, Secretary General of the Ouest-France group’s Maritime Cluster and Frédéric Jouët, Managing Director of Exponantes, to reveal the exhibition’s title sponsor: Crédit Maritime Grand Ouest. Bruno Pain, deputy-managing director of the Banque Populaire Grand Ouest and responsible for strategy at Crédit Maritime Grand Ouest, was present to sign the partnership agreement. “It was inconceivable not to be involved with a project of this kind,” he stated in his speech.

Seas and oceans cover 70% of the surface of the globe. An increasing number of decision-makers are realizing that the sea plays an essential role in the future of humanity, and that it provides most of the answers to tomorrow’s challenges. The sea is our present and more importantly, our future. In this context, the aim of La mer XXL is to share the sea with the largest possible audience and to explore it from all angles.

This unique event, sponsored by filmmaker Jacques Perrin, will be divided into 7 themes in order to build a lively, spectacular and instructive exhibition, combining industry, art, technology, gigantism and immersion:

The sea source of energy
The sea that makes us happy 
The sea that feeds us
The sea that makes us dream
The sea that treats us
The sea that makes us live
The sea to preserve

Over 12 days at the Parc des Expositions in Nantes, covering 66,000 sqm of exhibition space (including 38,000 sqm of covered space) with more than 100,000 visitors expected, like the universal exhibitions at the beginning of the 20th century the idea is to enthral, surprise and delight, communicate and encourage adventure and escape.

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