French National Day : 14 July 2014
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The Ambassador of France to India, H.E. Mr François RICHIER, addressed the French community in India which was invited to the Residence of France for a reception and a patriotic ceremony.
An evening reception, attended by Indian dignitaries, was held in the garden of the Residence of France. On this occasion, Ambassador RICHIER bestowed the honour of Officer of the National Order of Merit on Ms Pinky Anand, distinguished senior advocate of the Supreme Court of India, in recognition of Ms Anand’s outstanding contribution to jurisprudence in a wide array of practice areas, including human rights.
14th July, observed as the National Day of France, commemorates the storming of the Bastille fortress – associated with the tyrannical Ancien Régime – on this day in 1789, an event heralding the French Revolution. It is celebrated in France each year with major public events, including a military parade in the Champs-Elysées opened by the French President, communal meals, and fireworks.