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****NO FEE PIC****.(L to r).Peter Ryan from the National Yacht Club.Her Excellency Emmanuelle D'Achon French Ambassador to Ireland.An Cathaoirleach of DLR, Cllr. Lettie McCarthy.French Mademoiselle Sinead Noonan .at the National Yacht Club Dun Laoghaire to launch Festival Des Bateaux which takes place between August 11th and 14th 2011 .Dun Laoghaire will be the only international stop on the world famous French Solitaire du Figaro yacht race.  To celebrate the stopover of this iconic 3,390 km race, Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council, the Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company and the National Yacht Club have joined forces to create Festival des Bateaux.  The harbour will be a magnificent tapestry of colour as the boats arrive for this international event.  Dun Laoghaire will be resplendent with fireworks, music and the sights, sounds, foods, and 'joie de vivre' of France..Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins