French Embassy celebrates Bastille Day with Market Vendors

Hundreds of people gathered at the Thurston Gardens in Suva on the 11th of July to celebrate Bastille Day with Market Vendors.

French Ambassador to Fiji H.E Jean-François Fitou decided that this year instead of having a diplomatic party with French wine, champagne and food to celebrate Bastille Day, to help market vendors during this difficult time.

Fitou said that people need to reach out to communities and show solidarity to those who are trying to cope with financial hardships.

He said people are suffering from job loses, loses of income and this is not the year to celebrate in the normal way.

The event was attended by the Hon Prime Minister of Fiji Voreqe Bainimarama, the Speaker of Parliament, Cabinet Ministers, Diplomatic Corps, Directors and Businesses.

A speech by the Chief of Protocol mentioned that Fiji and France share an excellent and longstanding relationship since the establishment of its diplomatic relationship in 1970 and Fiji has benefited enormously from France over the years in the areas of climate change, defence, and sports.

Today, France remains one of Fiji’s most important strategic partner, contributing much to all areas of cooperation which is assured not only continue but strengthen in the many years to come.

A total of 100 vendors participated in the event.

Last updated on: 15 July 2020