Bastille Day celebration in Cape Town - 13 July 2017
Consul General of France in Cape Town, Mr Xavier d’Argoeuves, in presence of H.E Christophe Farnaud, Ambassador of France to South Africa, hosted a reception in Cape Town to celebrate Bastille Day, the French National Day. Many known figures from the political, cultural and economic world attended the event, which gathered around 600 persons.
In his speech, Ambassador Farnaud spoke about the strong strategic partnership existing between France and South Africa. He mentioned the solid bilateral relationship that the two countries hold at a political level and took the opportunity to point out the importance of their economic ties, as well as their dense cultural and scientific cooperation. Ambassador Farnaud insisted on the strong capabilities of France and South Africa in the field of innovation, reminding us that Cape Town had been labelled as a "French Tech Hub" by France last year, the only one in Sub-Saharan Africa. He also highlighted the strong bilateral relationship existing between the two countries regarding climate change.
He finally addressed a warm word to the Consul General of France in Cape Town, Xavier d’Argoeuves, whose posting is coming to an end in September.
Consul General d’Argoeuves congratulated the French Community of Cape Town for its dynamism in the city and thanked all the sponsors for their contribution to the event: Total, Colas, Capago, Cassis, Cedric Touzard, EDF, Joostenberg farm, Mazars, Rochebobois, Roibos, Villiera Wines, French Oven, African Eagle, Areva, Engen, GearHouse, Rootstock, Dorrance, Necotrans.
The French and South African national anthems were sung by children from Iliso Care Society from Khayelitsha.
The Consul General and the team of the Consulate General of France in Cape Town would like to thank all the guests who, with their joy and good humor, contributed to the success of the evening