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Farnaud bids farewell

13 July 2019

Ambassador Christophe Farnaud of France bestowed the award of Officier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres on Dr. Esther Mahlangu, renowned South African Ndebele artist at a reception of the National Day of France at the French residence as his last official duty as Ambassador to South Africa.

A seasoned career diplomat Farnaud returns to Paris after bolstering the dynamic and strong cooperation between the two countries. In his final remarks he reminisced on the many activities, events and high level visits that are now fundamental to the people to people interactions between South Africa and France.

The broad and multifaceted partnership with South Africa is the most significant for French relations on the African continent and unique because unlike many countries in the north and west of Africa (Francophone) colonised by France, South Africa was colonised by the British (Anglophone).

The French Huguenots who found refuge from religious persecution in France arrived in South Africa in the 1700s. They established special heritage for their South African descendants including the rich legacy of winemaking.

South Africans were also inspired by the values and ideologies of Freedom, Equality and Justice of the French Revolution which resonated deeply with the freedom fighters in their quest for freeing South Africans from the inhumane apartheid policies.

Farnaud continues his upward diplomatic career on his return to the French Foreign Ministry.





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