The National Day of France was celebrated on Saturday at the French Embassy in Bucharest, an event attended by President Klaus Iohannis and by other Romanian officials, together with the host of the reception, French Ambassador Michèle Ramis.
The reception was also attended by the former DNA chief prosecutor, Laura Codruta Kovesi, Foreign Minister Teodor Melescanu, former Prime Minister Adrian Năstase, former Foreign Affairs Minister, Mircea Geoană, PNL leader Ludovic Orban, as well as several ambassadors.
Among the ambassadors at the event were US Ambassador Hans Klemm and Croatian Ambassador Davor Vidis, who wore the national team’s t-shirt.
The Chamber of Deputies Speaker, Liviu Dragnea, Premier Viorica Dăncilă, but also the Senate Speaker, Călin Popescu Tăriceanu, were absent from the event, although they were on the guest list. Prosecutor General Augustin Lazar and Head of the Romanian Intelligence Service (SRI) Eduard Hellvig also attended the event.
The reception began with the national anthems of France, Romania and the European Union, played by the Romanian Youth Orchestra. Then followed the speech by the French Ambassador to Romania, Michèle Ramis, in which she spoke about the close relationship between Romania and France and about the economic and industrial partnership, as well as about the visit of the Romanian President to Paris at the end of November on the occasion of the French-Romania Season.
“This Season will allow us to make our artists and their creation known to each other, but also to intensify political dialogue and strengthen economic opportunities. It will enable us to contribute to building a Europe of culture, a cause of heart for President Emmanuel Macron, and to highlight our commitment to a strong, democratic and peaceful Europe,” Michele Ramis said.
President Klaus Iohannis said: “The Romanian nation will remain eternally grateful to France, which, through the French military mission led by General Berthelot, came along with us in the most difficult moments in our history and contributed to the victory and to the cause of liberty, to building the national ideal of the Great Union. 2018 is the year when we will mark together the centennial by organizing the Romania – France Season, which I will have the privilege to inaugurate together with President Macron in Paris at the end of November. Without neglecting the past, the Season is forward-looking and aims to bring to light a common destiny in a Europe that Romania and France want to be stronger. For 10 years, our country has a strong Strategic Partnership in all areas that we want to deepen and, at the same time, to make it more concrete.”
The President said that over the past 10 years, the trade between Romania and France has doubled.
According to an analysis released by the Romanian-French Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCIFER) on the occasion of Frances’ National Day, last year the commercial exchanges between France and Romania increased by 4.4%, mounting to EUR 7.8 billion, with the surplus on the French side.
Romania is the 25th client of France and its 27th supplier. France is the fifth export partner of Romania, and its 3rd supplier, according to the same source.