French Embassy Marks July 14
18 July, 2013
French Embassy Marks July 14
On July 14, the French Embassy to Georgia marked the national day of France – surrender of the Bastille Fortress to the Republican Uprising that brought down monarchy and established the Republic in 1789.
H.E. Mr. Renaud Salins, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of France to Georgia opened the soiree: “The October 1, 2012 parliamentary elections have dramatically changed the political life of Georgia. Cohabitation is a novelty for you, but it is a well-known situation for the
French. It is not at all an easy experience, but taking into account the respect of adversaries, and via stability and serenity, cohabitation can serve as a foundation of democratic progress.” Mr. Salins pointed out ‘very positive visit’ of Maia Panjikidze, Georgian Minister of Foreign Affairs and her meetings with her French colleague in Paris this July. “There is cooperation in the fields of reforms such as agriculture and judiciary.” One half of the monologue was pronounced in Georgian, which, to our surprise, was flawless. The ambassador blessed the existing friendship between the two countries. “Happy July 14! Vive la Republic, vive la France!” He concluded his speech. The national anthem of France followed the Ambassador’s ceremonial speech.
Later, Georgian Journal talked exclusively with Maia Panjikidze, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia: “I think it is the day of the world importance, as July 14 means a lot for the global history. I congratulate the French people and wish them success, prosperity and peace. Our bilateral relations are traditionally good. During my recent visit to Paris, the high-level relations in the field of politics as well as other spheres were highlighted once again. Our foreign vector is unchanged. We aspire to get integrated into EU and NATO. In both cases, France has a decisive word. We are aware of the fact that we have the support from the French Government as well as the French people.”
Salome Zurabichvili, former Ambassador of France to Georgia, as well as former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia, a very intelligent and charming lady of Georgian origin with double citizenship, who was born and raised in France, was our another exclusive respondent. “I can tell you that July 14, is a very important day for all those who were born in France, no matter what their nationality is. This day is so highly appreciated by the French that they traditionally mark it wherever they are. Not only the French embassies celebrate it abroad, but the French tourists too. I think that such an attitude is really positive and Georgians should also feel likewise about their national day – May 26.”
Alex Petriashvili, State Minister of European and Euro Atlantic Integration told us: “France is a great supporter of Georgia in the issue of its territorial integrity and sovereignty. We hope that on the bilateral basis as well as within the multilateral framework, Georgia and France will achieve success, which will bring our country closer to the EU and NATO.”
The soiree passed in a pleasant atmosphere; it was filled with exquisite French spirit, refined music, wines and of course, delicious French cheese snacks.
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