French Embassy holds press conference ahead of Bastille Day celebration

We want a different Bastille Day this year, instead of having the usual diplomatic party, we want to help those who are most in need during this difficult time.

These were the words of the French Ambassador to Fiji Jean Francois Fitou during a press conference at the French Residence today.

Fitou says we need to help market vendors make some business and everyone needs to put a helping hand into this.
He says the world is changing and we need to change with it.

Fitou adds that however bad the situation is, that they would help as they are part of the community and share the same hardships.

Knox Entertainment Organizer Ellana Kalounisiga who is one of the partners for the event says that they expect a great turn out this Saturday as 100 of Fiji’s best market vendors will be showcasing their various products during the celebration.

Kalounisiga says that they would also have a food drive so in the Veilomani spirit, the market vendors who are kindly sponsored by the French Embassy will bring a bag of grocery and then it will be forwarded to those in need.

Women Entrepreneurs Business Council Chair Eseta Nadakuitavuki says WEBC is very excited for this Saturday and some of their vendors are actually working on new products that they will launch on Saturday.

Nadakuitavuki says the vendors have been chosen by their organization and also the Roc Market and they are mindful of the restrictions that are still in place.

She adds that they will make sure to have social distancing and will be providing sanitizers for everyone that will come and to comply accordingly.

The Bastille Day with Market Vendors will be held this Saturday from 10am to 3pm at Thurston Gardens in Suva and all are welcome.

Last updated on: 15 July 2020