Centenary of the birth of Nelson Mandela (18 July 2018) [fr]
Press briefing by the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs Spokesperson (excerpt)
Paris, 18 July 2018
On this anniversary day, France pays tribute to the memory of Nelson Mandela, “Madiba”, hero of the fight against apartheid in South Africa, who passed away on 5 December 2013.
His courage and commitment to freedom and against racism continue to inspire whole generations. In this regard, we applaud the determination of South African President Cyril Ramaphosa to continue Nelson Mandela’s work to meet his country’s social and political challenges.
Today France wants to send a message of friendship to the authorities and people of South Africa. Nicolas Hulot, Minister for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition, is representing the French government today at the ceremonies being held in Pretoria./.