French rugby legend Philippe Saint-Andre in action against England, 1991.
They brought in the dancing girls to welcome Philippe Saint-Andre and Sebastien Chabal to Paris to promote next week's Heineken Cup clash Sale Sharks V Stade Francais Paris.
Parc des Princes is a ground that Saint-Andre knows very well. He scored the first of his 32 international tries there against Wales in 1991, won the last of his 69 French caps there in 1997 and won nine of the 16 Tests he played there for France.
Among the reception party for the Sale Sharks director of rugby at the Paris City Hall were two Can-Can dancers from the Moulin Rouge, his former international team mate, and now opposite number at Stade, Fabian Galthie, and Stade players Christophe Dominici and Mauro Bergamasco.
"It will be a very special occasion for me to bring my team to Paris next week. So much of my rugby for France, both as a player and captain, was played at Parc des Princes," said Saint Andre.
"All my memories of this great ground are as a player, but next week I will be going there as coach of Sale Sharks. We will be playing against the best team in France at the moment and, hopefully, I will be very proud of my team at the end."
The directors of ERC voted unanimously at a Board meeting to postpone all decisions including the release of further instalments of ERC's distributable central revenues to the six shareholder countries until 19 February next when the Board will meet again to reconsider the issue.