Bastille Day Celebrations
On the occasion of Bastille Day, French Ambassador Jean-Michel Despax and his wife Mrs. Line Despax welcomed Jamaican authorities, personalities from the business and arts sector, members of the diplomatic corps as well as the French community and firends of France in the gardens of the Residence.
In his speech, the Ambassador insisted on the dynamism of French Companies in Jamaica. He also mentioned the success of the "Jamaica, Jamaica!" exhibition currently held at the Philarmonie in Paris. The Ambassador also made a point of remembering the Jamaican soldiers who valiantly served in the West Indies Battalion during WWI, fought on European soil.
Moreover, this year, on the occasion of the 55th anniversary on the bilateral relations between France and Jamaica we celebrated Bastille Day with 55 Jamaican language assistants who will be stationed in France in September.
In her speech, Mrs. Kamina Johnson-Smith, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade also remarked on the French involvement in Jamaica and mentioned the dynamism of French-Jamaican bilateral relations.
This year, the French and Jamaican national anthems were sung by Mrs. Ana Strachan and Commander John Mc Farlane respectively. The Blue Glaze Mento Band provided musical entertainment for the night.
This evening was the opportunity for the French community to celebrates the values of the French Republic and French "art de vivre".
The French Embassy wishes to thanks its partners and sponsors (Vinci, Total, KFTL, Wray and Nephew, Ian K Levy, Rubis, Grace Kennedy, Best dressed chicken, SOGET, Nissan, Chase E. Ramson Ltd., Trans Jamaican Highway, Jamaican Infrastructure operator) as well as all the guest who contributed to this beautiful evening.
- Read the Ambassador’s speech (pdf - 148Ko)