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4/16/2018 4:02:39 PM

Can Tho ceremony marks 45 years of Vietnam-France ties

A ceremony was held in the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho on April 15th to mark the 45th anniversary of the Vietnam-France diplomatic relations (April 12th).

Le Van Tam, Vice Chairman of Can Tho People’s Committee (R) presents a gift to Vincent Floreani, French Consul General in Ho Chi Minh City at the ceremony. (Source: baocantho.com.vn)

Addressing the event, Le Van Tam, Vice Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee said that during the past 45 years, the friendship and cooperation between Vietnam and France have been expanded in many areas, including economics, culture, education-training, and science-technology.

The Vietnamese Government has always paid great attention to developing ties with France, one of its prioritised partners in Europe, he noted.

He also underscored that Can Tho has maintained and strengthened the teaching of French in schools, while adding optional subjects related to tourism and trade within relations with France to higher education training programmes.

Currently, Can Tho is hosting five French-funded projects worth about USD 5.3 million.

Vincent Floreani, French Consul General in Ho Chi Minh City highlighted the significant meaning of the celebration of the 45th anniversary of the Vietnam-France diplomatic relations, which he described as a good opportunity to introduce French culture to Vietnamese friends, thus contributing to strengthening the solidarity, friendship and mutual understanding between people of France and Vietnam as well as Can Tho in particular.

The diplomat pledged to encourage more investors, art troupes and tourists of France to visit Can Tho and seek partnership in the locality’s prioritised sectors such as infrastructure construction, transportation, health care, education and tourism.

France will also create optimal conditions for closer connection between the two sides in producing and exporting agricultural products to France.

Along with French food and publications, participants at the event had a chance to enjoy circus performances from Be Clown art troupe of France.

Participants at the event have a chance to enjoy circus performances from Be Clown art troupe of France. (Photo: Espace France Can Tho)

The Be Clown group is carrying out an Asian Project in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia that brings free performances to children and people at orphanages, schools, hospitals and rural villages.

The play is set on a sailboat where sailors and passengers are waiting to travel by sea. But the sail of the boat so small the boat cannot move.

The performance by the 12-member company featured contemporary clowns, circus acts, theatre and live music.

In November, Be Clown created the play Pétole while residing in La Vie Vu Linh, a community tourism area in Vu Linh Commune in Yên Bái Province’s Yen Binh District. In February, the work premiered at the venue.

Be Clown performs play combining circus, theatre and music, and also organises workshops on circus arts./.

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