The state dinner hosted in honor of visiting French President François
Hollande in Malacanang on Thursday elicited oohs and aahs given the presence foreign dignitaries, top government officials, and celebrities including two Hollywood stars.
Oscar award-winning actress Marion Cotillard entered the Rizal Hall inconspicuously on crutches wearing a long black embellished dress. In an interview upon her arrival, Cotillard brushed aside her frail condition saying it was “nothing serious.”
Cotillard changed her striped top outfit she used when she arrived at the Villamore Airbase Thursday morning and during the launch of Manila Call to Action on Climate Change at the Palace grounds prior to the state dinner.
The 39-year-old French actress was accompanied by another French artist Melanie Laurent, who became popular in her role in Quentin Tarantino’s “Inglorious Basterd” and caper triller movie “Now You See Me”.
Laurent was wearing an asymmetrical purple dress while her hair was pulled back into a messy bun.
Lucky to rub elbows with Cotillard were Cabinet secretaries Cesar Purisima and Ramon Jimenez as the actress was seated in between them. Laurent, meanwhile, was sandwiched between Trade Secretary Gregory Domingo and business magnate Manny V. Pangilinan.
People were not only busy ogling the two Hollywood stars but also President Benigno Aquino III’s youngest sister actress-TV host Kris Aquino.
Kris looked elegant in her royal blue off shoulder sheer back see-through with floral detailing gown.
Kris had a little chitchat with some of the guests including Albay Governor Joey Salceda while waiting for the two heads of state to enter the hall.
Stood as President Aquino’s First Lady, Kris seated in between House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte and Senate President Franklin Drilon on the Presidential table.
Also seated at the VIP table was the former partner of President Hollande Marie-Ségolène Royal who looked sophisticated in her tyrian purple lace dress.
Ségolène Royal, who is the French Minister of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy, signed one of the four agreements sealed between the Philippines and France alongside Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario.
President Hollande is in a two-day state visit in the Philippines wherein climate change and fight against terrorism are among his top agendas. His visit is considered historic as he is the first French President to set foot in the country