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12/6/2017 4:16:10 PM

Director of Archives Department presented awarded Knight of Arts and Letters title

(VNF) - Head of the State Record Management and Archives Department under the Ministry of Home Affairs Dang Thanh Tung on December 5th received the honour Chevalier des Arts et des Letters (Knight of Arts and Letters) from the French Minister of Culture.

French Ambassador to Vietnam Bertrand Lortholary (L) presents the accolade to Director of the State Records Management and Archives Department Dang Thanh Tung. (Photo: archives.gov.vn)

Tung graduated from the National School for Judiciary in Bordeaux, France. He worked at the Military Court of the Hanoi Capital Military Zone and then became the Chief Inspector of the Ministry of Home Affairs.

He was assigned as head of the State Record Management and Archives Department in 2015 and has enhanced cooperation with France and French-speaking countries since then.

He has initiated various activities to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the National Library of Vietnam in 2017 such as an exhibition on French architecture in Hanoi, a seminar on 100 years of Vietnam - France heritage and an exhibition on French culture.

At the honouring ceremony, French Ambassador to Vietnam Bertrand Lortholory spoke highly of Tung’s contributions to the development of French language and Francophone community in Vietnam.

He added that re-signing of the agreement on archives between Vietnam and France in 2016 has brought the cooperation of the State Record Management and Archives Department of Vietnam and the National Archives of France to a new level, especially in promoting historical documents in French language.

Director of the State Records Management and Archives Department Dang Thanh Tung expresses his thanks. (Photo: archives.gov.vn)

Expressing his honour to receive the French accolade, Director Tung pledged to continue fostering cooperation between the two archives agencies in the two countries and Vietnam- France relations in general.

The “Knight of Arts and Letters” title was established in 1957 by the French minister of culture, and its national merit status was confirmed by French President Charles de Gaulle in 1963.

The title is bestowed upon people in recognition of their outstanding achievements or great contributions to the art and literature of France and the world.

Prior to Tung, other Vietnamese who have won the title include fashion designer Minh Hanh, musician Nguyen Vinh Bao, writers Duong Thu Huong and Nguyen Huy Thiep, translator Duong Tuong, choreographer Nguyen Cong Nhac and director Nguyen Hoang Diep./.

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