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French want staff to dress like a cat

ORGANIZERS of the France Pavilion for the Shanghai World Expo will start recruiting 200 to 300 staff in September to fill positions such as receptionists and security guards.

Officials said skills in French or English were not a key consideration as 90 percent of Expo visitors are expected to be Chinese, but related work experience is important. The France Pavilion organizers also plan to work with universities to recruit students.

Pavilion staff will wear the same clothes as pavilion mascot Leon the cat, who wears a white T-shirt, blue beret and blue, white and red overalls.

Seven artworks that have never been shown outside will be displayed in the pavilion.

The paintings include Paul Cezanne's "Woman with Coffee Pot," Vincent van Gogh's "The Dance Hall in Arles," Jean-Francois Millet's "The Angelus" and Edouard Manet's "The Balcony" as well as the sculpture "The Age of Bronze" by Auguste Rodin.

Restaurants at the pavilion will offer authentic French food by brothers Jacques and Laurent Pourcel, who run a restaurant at Bund 18, but their Expo cuisine will be cheaper.


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