Union[s] Européennes: a mural in Montparnasse station in Paris celebrates couples who met through an Erasmus programme!

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The portraits of 22 binational families, whose parents met during an exchange during an Erasmus programme, are exposed on this 135-metres-long mural. The exhibit “Union[s] Européennes, Ambassadeurs de l’Europe de demain”, organised by the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs in partnership with the RATP (the French public transport operator), was inaugurated Thursday 6th July by Nathalie Loiseau, Minister for Foreign Affairs and will last all Summer.

 

Severine McCarthy, Senior Specialist Account Executive at JCDecaux, says about the programme: “I think Erasmus has gone a long way since my first experience in 1995. We were the first Erasmus students to arrive at the University of Paisley (now the University of West Scotland) and this experience totally changed the path of my life. I loved the experience, made friends of life and met my husband. Having a “binational” family is wonderful; we speak a lot of what we call “frenglish”, our own language. The kids are able to switch languages so easily, it’s fabulous to see and hear and they can choose what they love the best from each country and swap flags on rugby or soccer match days depending on the results! To see such a huge exhibition in Paris and read about everyone’s experience is truly refreshing and a reminder that there are no limits to Europe, everyone can follow their dream and settle anywhere.”

 

Click here to check out the video of the installation of the mural.

 

 

The “Erasmus families” pictured at the inauguration of the exhibit. Copyright photos : Bruno Chapiron

 

Source: Parlement Européen

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