French Ambassador to Romania, Francois Saint-Paul offered, on Thursday, the insignia of the National Order of the Legion of Honour of France in the rank of Knight to Senate Speaker Calin Popescu-Tariceanu, during a ceremony took place at the Embassy of France in Bucharest, La Residence de France.
“Mr. Calin Popescu-Tariceanu has favored the ties with France both as a political person, and as a businessman. In 1996, Mr Tariceanu occupied the position of Minister of Industry and Commerce, in the cabinet led by Victor Ciorbea, and during his mandate he met Mr Louis Schweitzer, at that time the Chairman of Renault, and established the bases of the most important French-Romanian business deal: the entry of the Dacia brand in the Renault portfolio”, a press release remitted by the French diplomatic representation.
According to the quoted source, in his mandate as Prime Minister (2004-2008), Calin Popescu-Tariceanu had an excellent collaboration with his French counterpart, Francois Fillon, one of the results of this collaboration being the naming of Dacian Ciolos as European Commissioner for Agriculture.
Furthermore, the quoted source shows that Tariceanu granted support for the project of the new French Highschool Anna de Noailles.
‘Order equally belongs to Romania’
The Speaker of the Senate said the order equally belonged to Romania, to Romanians in France and Dacia workers.
‘The National Order of the Legion of Honour that I will be receiving from the French Republic today equally belongs to Romania. It equally belongs to Romanians who live in France and make us proud and to the workers of Dacia and other companies where French capital has been invested’, Calin Popescu Tariceanu states on Facebook.
He says France is ‘a good friend of Romania’s’ and will always have ‘an ally’ in him. The ex-PM also says that Romanians will continue to ‘enjoy the benefits of a privileged relationship with France’. ‘To me, personally, the National Order of the Legion of Honour is the proof of the fact that the things I have done – be it in the area of the business environment or as a minister and prime minister – were good for Romania and Romanians. Moreover, it gives me energy for contributing further to what Romania could become in the future – Europe’s seventh biggest power! We are Europe’s seventh biggest country as population and territory, but we can also be the seventh biggest state as economic and political power. It is a country project we could also fulfill with the help of France!’ the speaker of the Senate also states.
The ceremony of the offering of the National Order of the Legion of Honour took place at he French Embassy in Bucharest on Thursday, with the participation of several politicians and businesspeople.
The Legion of Honor is the highest military and civilian distinction of France, instituted in 1802 and granted uninterruptedly from 1804 onward.
Over the time, the distinction has been awarded to Romanian personalities such as Queen Maria of Romania, internationally acclaimed political personality Nicolae Titulescu or famous academician and scholar Constanin I. Istrati.