French National Day celebrations: 14 July 2015
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.
New Delhi, 14 July 2015
On this occasion, Ms Olga Tam Hiu Wiu and Ms Catherine Hyver were recognised for their longstanding and devoted services to France through the conferral of the Ordre National du Mérite and the Légion d’Honneur respectively.
An evening reception, attended by Indian dignitaries and diplomatic representatives to India, was held in the gardens of the Residence of France. On this occasion, Ambassador Richier conferred, on behalf of the President of the French Republic, the distinction of Commandeur de la Légion d’Honneur – the highest French civilian honour – on visionary artist Sayed Haider Raza. This honour came in acknowledgement of his peerless achievements transcending all boundaries, the lasting ties he has forged between France and India, and his continuing artistic quest straddling nations, cultures, religions and philosophies.
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.