Valéry Giscard d’Estaing

Valéry Giscard d'Estaing, President of the European Convention, places his Chinese porcelain tortoise on the Presidency table. For the President, this mascot with a dragon's head, a symbol of longevity, represents a prudent strategy which achieves its aim. Like the Convention, the dragon tortoise advances slowly so that, when the moment comes, it can catch the final text in its claws.

Source and copyright

Source: Plenary session of the European Convention, 11-12 july 2002. Brussels: European Convention, 11-12.07.2002. Colour.

Copyright: (c) European Communities

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Valéry Giscard d’Estaing