Have you ever handled the speeches of a French President? Thought not. However, Innovason’s Eclipse GT console played a quietly important role during the investiture of France’s new President, Francois Hollande, on May 15th.
The international event—in which former President, Nicolas Sarkozy, officially handed over power at the Elysée Palace—saw the 57-year-old Hollande become the new head of state.
Then—as French republican tradition states—the new President made his way to the seat of Bertrand Delanoë (Mairie of Paris), the Hôtel de Ville, to make his first official state visit. Here Hollande was received with all the honour accorded to any visiting head of state.
After being greeted outside the Hôtel de Ville by Mayor Delanoë, Hollande was taken inside to the spectacular Salle de Fetes where he was introduced to all the elected officials, ambassadors, corporate representatives and parliamentarians of the French capital.
Mayor Delanoë then made a speech of welcome, to which President Hollande replied.Article continues below
Clearly for such a protocol-rich and solemn affair the audio has to be perfect. Fortunately at the heart of the audio management and distribution was Innovason’s 48-fader Eclipse GT console.
The console—which was bought by the Mairie of Paris last year for just such an occasion—handled all the speeches from inside the Salle de Fetes and then broadcast them out to the thousands of spectators gathered out the front of the Hôtel de Ville. In addition, clean feeds were distributed to 52 different media organizations for broadcast to radio and television stations the world-over.
“The desk performed absolutely perfectly and the sound was impeccable,” explained the Hôtel de Ville’s Technical Director, Dominique Dunesme. “I was convinced that I’d made a good choice a year ago, and all the events we have handled to date have proved it. This, however, was by far the most important, but as usual, the Eclipse proved its calibre—easy to configure, easy to operate, easy to network and flawless results every time. What more could you want!”
Best of luck to the new French President. And best of luck to you if you ever get asked to handle a similar role in the future.
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