Bastille Day reception at the Residence of France in Gaborone [fr]
The celebration of the French National Day, at the Residence of France on 14 July 2012, was indeed a great success. It offered a perfect occasion to strengthen our relationship with Botswana authorities and people.
The Ambassador of France, H.E. Geneviève Iancu, opened the ceremony with a speech praising Botswana as an example of democracy and development. Recalling the recent elections in France this year, H.E. also reasserted our country’s international positions and commitments, which very often coincide with Botswana’s. Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Hon. Mokgweetsi Masisi, Minister of Presidential Affairs and Public Administration, then paid homage to France’s cooperation with Botswana, giving the marked progression of French language teaching as an example. After each toast, the Baobab primary school choir performed excellent renditions of the two national anthems.
- Speech by H.E. Geneviève Iancu, Ambassador of France to Botswana and Special Representative to SADC
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On that sunny and enjoyable day, guests were treated, apart from international food, with French culinary specialties: cheese, delicatessen, red and white wine as well as a few drops of champagne gave a savoury glimpse of French cuisine, thus also reminding the French community present (130 registered at the Consulate) of their homeland’s flavours.
After the reception, classical jazz pianist Philippe Duchemin entertained some 50 guests performing a highly-appreciated private concert. Two days before, Duchemin had already shown the extent of his talent during a recital co-organized by the Embassy and Orange-Botswana.
The contribution of our faithful sponsors (Orange-Botswana, Peugeot/Zambezi Motors, Total, EDF, Air Liquide, Merial, AGS Frasers, Astrium Geo Information Services, Eurocopter, Morpho/Sagem and Lebone Insurance Brokers), most of them French companies operating in Botswana, was instrumental in bringing these events to Botswana and SADC authorities, the Diplomatic Corps, as well as our fellow citizens, giving a genuine taste of France.