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Bastille Day 2018

20 July 2018

Mr Christophe Farnaud, Ambassador of France to South Africa hosted a reception on the occasion of Bastille Day, the French National Day.

Ministre d'État, Minister for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition, M. Nicolas Hulot, currently on an official visit to South Africa, graced the celebration.

Photo: Minister Nicolas Hulot meeting Minister Edna Molewa with Ambassador Christophe Farnaud looking on. (Photo credit: Theana Breugem)

Minister Nicolas Hulot, bestowed on South African Minister of Environmental Affairs, Ms Edna Molewa, the award of Officier de l’Ordre National de la Légion d’Honneur (or Officer in the French Legion of Honour) on behalf of the French President during the celebrations at the French Residence.

The French Legion of Honour celebrates the accomplishments of distinguished individuals. On bestowing the Order Minister Hulot said, “Minister Edna Molewa’s commitment to South Africa, the struggle for freedom and democracy, women’s rights and the fight against climate change sets an example for us all. France will always be grateful for your contribution”.

Minister Molewa accepted the award on behalf of all South Africans and thanked the team that worked on the climate change negotiations.

While in South Africa Minister Hulot, together with Antoinette Sithole, Hector Peterson’s sister, officially reopened the Alliance Française, an educational and cultural institution located in Diepkloof, in Soweto.

In Cape Town Minister Hulot announced a R4million grant by the French Treasury for the first solar powered desalination plant with French technology in Hessequa Municipality in the Western Cape.

France was crowned champions at the FIFA World Cup in Moscow, Russia. Minister Hulot was part of the excitement at the screening of the match in Cape Town. With a nail-biting 4-2 victory over Croatia, France lifted the trophy for the second time in their history, 20 years after the first.




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