French National Day 2021 - Video message by Ambassador Léger (14 July 2021)

Today, the 14th of July, we celebrate the French National Day, popularly known as the Bastille Day; However, due to the Covid-19 situation, we are unable to organize a celebration like in the past.

Hence you will find a video message on this occasion by Ambassador François-Xavier Léger at https://www.facebook.com/AmbassadeDeFranceAuNepal/posts/1464817183877139

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Dear friends from Nepal,
Mes chers compatriotes,
Namaste and bonjour,

Today, the 14th of July, we celebrate the French National Day, popularly known as the Bastille Day.

This year also, we had to give up the idea to organize a grand celebration, due to COVID.

Hence, today, I speak before you online to say a few words on this occasion.

Dear friends, France and Nepal share common values which are at the heart of our relationship: love for democracy, respect for human rights and diversity, and cooperation in multilateralism. Nepal and France have developed deep people-to-people exchanges which are the base of our bilateral relations. We have a very unique “mountain” relation since the first successful ascent of Mount Annapurna 70 years ago in 1950 by Maurice Herzog, and his French and Nepali teammates. This “mountain” relationship has inspired many French climbers to come to Nepal.

First of all, I wish to express our solidarity with Nepal in its fight against the Covid-19. In this regard, France, along with its European partners, has sent medical equipment and another French shipment is due soon. The testimony of solidarity was also witnessed during the repatriation of French and European citizens back to Europe. I sincerely thank the Nepali authorities for facilitating the repatriation.

My special thoughts and well wishes go out to those who have lost their loved ones during this pandemic.

Today, I inform you that the time has come for us to say good bye. My tenure as the French Ambassador will end in a few weeks.

I would like to thank the people of Nepal for their hospitality and their kindness.

I would like also to pay a special tribute to their energy, creativity, resilience and to their level of skills and knowledge in many fields.

As I look back my three years here, two key events come to my mind:
1/ The celebration of the 70th anniversary of the establishment of our bilateral relations in 2019, and
2/ The visit to France by Right Honorable Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli in June 2019.

I thank the Government authorities for their kind cooperation in successfully marking and celebrating that 70th anniversary.

For future perspectives, we look forward to strengthening our bond in fields such as:

  • Political: where we need to develop more high level exchanges and cooperation in various global platforms, based on our commonalities
  • Economic: where we can facilitate more business opportunities between our two countries. Nepal and France are endowed with various advantages that both countries could benefit from each other. The potential for business development is substantial.

Just last week, we held a productive B-to-B online forum between the FNCCI and the French business organization, MEDEF.

  • Arts and culture: Nepal is known for its culture throughout the world and especially in France. Both our countries can promote each other’s arts and culture, and France will always be alongside Nepal to highlight it as a leading cultural destination.

Last but not least, I would like to say a special ==thank you== to our sponsors who sponsored our National Day celebrations in the past. Your support is very much appreciated and we look forward to similar cooperation in the future as well.

Gael and I, we will be leaving Nepal with a heavy heart. Nevertheless, we look forward to coming back to Nepal for visits and reconnecting.

Thank you for tuning in and long live Nepal France relations
Happy French National Day!
And to my compatriotes, bonne Fête Nationale!

Namaskar
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Last updated on: 14 July 2021