Ministre d’État, Minister for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition, M. Nicolas Hulot, marks Bastille Day with recognition for South African Minister of Environmental Affairs Edna Molewa

The 2018 celebration of French National Day (14 July) was a significant occasion for the Embassy of France in Pretoria.

Ministre d’État, Minister for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition, Mr Nicolas Hulot, bestowed on South African Minister of Environmental Affairs, Ms Edna Molewa, the award of Officier de l’Ordre National de la Légion d’Honneur (or Officer in the French Legion of Honour) on behalf of the French President during the celebrations at the French Residence.

The French Legion of Honour celebrates the accomplishments of distinguished individuals, irrespective of sex, social background and nationality.

The national order of the Legion of Honour was established by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1802, and is the highest decoration in France. It was first awarded on July 14 1804.

Minister Hulot: “Minister Edna Molewa’s commitment to South Africa, the struggle for freedom and democracy, women’s rights and the fight against climate change sets an example for us all. France will always be grateful for your contribution”.

Other prominent South Africans who have been awarded this honour are former President Nelson Mandela, late struggle icon Ahmed Kathrada, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and the late Nadine Gordimer.

Bastille Day marks the beginning of the French Revolution with the storming of the ancient royal fortress on this day in 1789.
  • Read Minister Molewa’s acceptance speech here.
  • View all the photographs on Flickr here.

Pictures: Theana Breugem

publie le 31/03/2020

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