This year, “Creative France” was the main theme of the July 14 celebrations marked through the reception offered by French Ambassador Francois Saint-Paul.
French Ambassador Saint-Paul: We want to illustrate in today’s Romania, an innovative country, all novelties France can come up with in all domains
“This year, we have selected a different theme, one that speaks for itself: “Créative France.” Particularly in today’s Romania, an innovative country, we want to illustrate all novelties France can come up with in all domains. From gastronomy, of course, all the way to industry, going through the arts, sciences and culture,” the French Ambassador said in his speech on Thursday.
“You travelled to France twice in 2015. You invited President Hollande to visit Romania. The Romanian Prime Minister, Mr. Ciolos, travelled to France this year, also twice. Mr. Hollande has answered positively, I would actually say very positively, to your invitation. We are actively preparing this future visit, which should live up to the high level of our relations. There are many things that draw us close. I could even say everything draws us close!” the French Ambassador told President Iohannis.
“The strategic partnership’s new roadmap, signed by Mr. Ciolos and Mr. Valls in Paris on June 10, is evidence in this sense. Such intense exchanges between the ministers of our countries, in all domains, have not taken place in a long time. You are expecting many things from France and we are expecting many things from Romania. We are ambitious.”
“We are jointly developing long-term economic projects. For instance, the Airbus Helicopters plant in Brasov, based on the model of Dacia-Renault’s success. The French Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Romania is multiplying the projects, the ideas, the proposals.”
“We have joint scientific projects of unprecedented scope. I have in mind the high-intensity laser in Magurele.”
“Likewise, we have in common the whole culture domain, in the widest sense of the word. Culture is not only heritage. It’s a manner of drawing, of representing what we are. We, the French, believe in culture,” he added.
In fact, after the speeches, the French Ambassador proposed to the guests, and to President Iohannis in particular, to tour the creative exhibits hosted by the gardens of the ambassador’s residence: a 3D printer by Renault, a scale model of the Airbus plant in Ghimbav, a Renault ZOE electric car and Michelin’s CrossClimate envelopes.
Iohannis: Today France is a partner and essential ally for Romania
“Today France is a partner and essential ally for Romania within the European Union, NATO and at global level. We were and we continue to be by France’s side in managing complex challenges such as terrorism or climate change,” President Klaus Iohannis stated in his speech at the reception organised by French Ambassador Francois Saint-Paul in order to mark the National Day of France.
“We want to jointly overcome the current challenges and to rebuild a European project adapted to the complexity of the present, but one that would capitalise on the opportunities of the future. Romania’s determination in this sense and our attachment to all that the European project means is as firm as it can be.”
“Romania is ready to work substantially with France and all the other European partners for the success of this project.”
“A strong France is in Romania’s interest, just as a strong Romania, a reliable partner at regional, European and international level, is in France’s direct interest,” the Romanian Head of State emphasised.
Romania supports France in managing complex challenges such as terrorism
Romania supports France in managing some complex challenges such as the terrorist phenomenon or climate changes, as Paris is an essential ally of Bucharest within the EU and NATO, President Klaus Iohannis said on Thursday at the reception organised by the French Embassy on the occasion of France’s national day.
“We want to overcome together the current challenges and rebuild a European project adapted to the complexity of the present, but capitalising on the opportunities of the future. Romania’s determination in this respect and our attachment to what the European project means are as firm as possible. This project must have at its core the principles of solidarity and unity, concretely respond to the expectations of the European citizens, based on the respect for the fundamental European principles and freedoms. Romania is ready to consistently work, together with France and all the other European partners, for the success of this project,” Iohannis said.
According to the head of state, a strong France is in Romania’s interest, same as a strong Romania, a trustworthy partner on a regional, European and international level, is in France’s direct interest.
He brought to mind, in context, the September visit of President Francois Hollande to Romania, voicing his conviction that it will be “a reference moment in consolidating the Romanian-French strategic partnership.”
Klaus Iohannis also showed that in the economy area there are all the premises for a closer cooperation between the two states.
“I am referring here both to the presence in Romania of some first size French investors and to the increasing interest of French SMEs in the opportunities provided by the Romanian market. Research, innovation and the new technologies are other high potential areas in the relation between Romania and France. In this respect, I am bringing to mind successful Romanian-French projects, such as Airbus Helicopters or the Laser at Magurele, which will be the most advanced research infrastructure in the world focused on the study of photonuclear physics and its applications,” Iohannis pointed out.
Referring to the significance of the date of 14 July, the President said that it does not only represent the national day of France, but also “one of the great reference dates of history, a strong symbol of the fight for freedom, for defending the fundamental values and principles of democracy and human rights.”
“Oftentimes, in the attempt to understand the greatness of the 14 July celebration, we get to look not only towards France and its great historic destiny, but to all of us. Indeed, same as the French people, we, the Romanian people, strongly believe in the same ideals. Maybe that is why we see the spirit of La Marseillaise so close to that of our anthem, ‘Awaken thee, Romanian!’,” Klaus Iohannis added.