The French in Hong Kong gather together for their Fête Nationale française.
On July 14, CG Arnaud Barthelemy and the French Consulate General hosted the French National Day reception in Hong Kong.
In his address, Barthelemy noted the dynamism and energy of the French community in Hong Kong, acknowledging French presence in local sports, culture, and and development.
“You are a dynamic community, you are a close-knitt community, you are a community which is a honour to our country and which I am glad to represent in the past five years,” he remarks.
In commemoration of the storming of Bastille on July 14, 1789, Barthelemy reaffirmed the significance of la Tripartite to France as well as to the world.
“This is an important day for my country. While commemorating the Bastille day today, we celebrate the values of the French Republic: liberté, égalité, fraternité,” he says, “These values are meeting universal aspirations. Their implementation is never fully achieved. It is progressive. It took time in France as in other countries. It should remain a permanent goal.”
He also announced the conclusion of his 5-year tenure in Hong Kong. See our Émigré column for details.