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Bastille Day Celebrated In Fiji

French Ambassador to Fiji Michel Dojokovic defined the true meaning of Bastille Day at the French Ambassador’s residence on Thursday. “The first meaning that comes to mind is the sense
16 Jul 2016 16:13
Bastille Day Celebrated In Fiji
French ambassador Michel Djokovic (right) with wife Laurence Djokovic. Photo: Embassy of France

French Ambassador to Fiji Michel Dojokovic defined the true meaning of Bastille Day at the French Ambassador’s residence on Thursday.

“The first meaning that comes to mind is the sense of our past history, so as not to forget to see where we come from. Without the storming of the Bastille prison in 1789, without revolutionary ideas, France wouldn’t have become what it is,” he said.

He said everyone’s presence at the Bastille Day (National Day for France) which is meaningful to him as he speaks of all those who are committed to their common values, be they French or Fijian or another nationality.

He stated another meaning of the Bastille Day was the will to defend today our values in the face of threats which are present.

“Concerning the future, let’s work together in order to leave a planet where our children and grand-children can live in peace and safe from disasters.

“Fiji was the first country to ratify the Paris agreement and France ratified it in June this year. United, we may defeat climate change and its devastating consequences like cyclones, sea level rise, drought and flooding that happened in Fiji and French Polynesia,” Mr Dojokovic said.

Since last year’s Bastille Day, many diverse events linking France and Fiji took place strengthening the friendly bonds between the two countries.

 

Edited by Rosi Doviverata

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