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Bastille Day 2017

17 July 2017

Mr Christophe Farnaud, Ambassador of France to South Africa hosted special celebrations this year, on the occasion of Bastille Day, the French National Day (also known as Quatorze juillet). Bastille Day marks the beginning of the French Revolution with the storming of the ancient royal fortress on this day in 1789.

Photo: Ambassador Christophe Farnaud is pictured with street artists Senzo and Prefixx (Embassy of France in SA)

Bilateral relations between France and South Africa are very dense, be it at political, economic or cultural level.

South Africa and France have been strategic partners since 1994. The relationship is based on regular State visits: most recently the successful visit of H.E. President Jacob Zuma to France in July 2016.

In the economic field, South Africa is France’s first customer in sub-Saharan Africa. In total, 370 French companies are based in South Africa, major companies listed in the Paris stock index, but also a growing number of SMEs and start-ups that directly employ more than 37 000 people in the industrial and services sectors.

During the reception, street artists Senzo and Prefixx, facilitated by NGO Baz-Art, did a live graffiti wall promoting #Paris2024. The Bastille Day celebration this year was in support of the city of Paris’ bid to host the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

South African celebrity singer Zoë Modiga entertained guests.

Photos: Embassy of France in SA




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