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May 19, 2021

Major blunder of the ICR Director in Paris prior to President Iohannis’s visit to France, MAE applies sanctions

On the occasion of Romania’s President official visit to France scheduled for February 10, the Romanian Embassy in Paris will hold a reception with personalities from the Diaspora.

However, the preparations of this event have turned into a scandal as they have generated a major blunder. By mistake, the Romanian Cultural Institute (ICR) Director in Paris has attached to the sent invitations an internal document in which those invited at the reception are labeled in various ways from “undesirable” to “disgusting”.

“The writer Radu Portocala, a member of the Romanian Diaspora in France, received on January 27 an email from the Director of ICR Paris, Yvette Fulicea, by which he was invited at the reception organized by the Romanian Embassy on the occasion of the visit made by President Iohannis. By mistake, in the email with the electronic invitation was attached an internal document of the Embassy, with the names of those invited and with various personal comments, including words as “indesirable” or “disgusting”,” writes Gandul.

“This huge blunder emerged after the writer Eugen Mihăescu published in Cotidianul, with the permission of the sender, the letter sent by Radu Portocala  in response to the invitation,” Gandul also reports.

Romania’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has issued on Friday an opinion about the incidents in Paris. Thus, those responsible were sanctioned and summoned to Bucharest for explanations.

“Regarding the situation in Paris created  by sending invitations accompanied in a  wrong and regrettable manner, by a file for internal use of the Romanian Embassy in Paris, the Foreign Ministry states that to the person responsible for the act in question it has already been applied the imposed sanction with a warning . In addition, the responsible person has been summoned to the Headquarters in Bucharest  for explanations  to the Monitoring Body for Diplomatic Evaluation within the Ministry”.MAE also specifies that annotations on the document for internal assessments do not reflect the opinion or appreciations of the  Romanian Embassy in Paris, but they are purely personal, so that the person in charge was sanctioned, “the Foreign Ministry said in a release.


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