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FM Baconschi awarded France’s highest distinction

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Teodor Baconschi, was awarded the highest French distinction – the Order of the Legion of Honour, ranked as Commander, granted, on Friday evening, in a ceremony held at the residence of the French Ambassador to Bucharest, Henri Paul, Agerpres reports. The head of the Romanian diplomacy stated he was moved by the honour bestowed on him by the French state, by awarding him this distinction, signed by decree by the French president, Nicolas Sarkozy.


Declaring himself a “French spirit”, the Romanian minister, present at the ceremony with his wife and one of his two sons, argued that he saw this distinction as a recognition of the Romanian intellectual elites’ affinity to France. In his turn, the French Ambassador to Bucharest, who awarded him the distinction, underlined Baconschi’s important contribution to the signing of the strategic partnership between the two countries. “What does this strategic partnership represent? It points to the fact that, beyond vicissitudes, even beyond the tensions, which trouble the whole world and Europe at large, our countries committed to being partners in the long run. Partners, that is, friends and allies, who decided, jointly, to pursue a common future,” Henri Paul underlined. Personalities on the political and diplomatic scene attended the ceremony at the French Ambassador’s residence, including the deputy president of the Chamber of Deputies, Adrian Nastase, the minister of Justice, Catalin Predoiu, the state secretary in the Labour Ministry, Valentin Mocanu, the former minister of Culture, Theodor Paleologu, as well as the ambassadors of Moldova, the US, Russia, Italy, Serbia, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland.

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