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Dmitry Medvedev congratulated President of France Nicolas Sarkozy on the country's national holiday, Bastille Day.

14. July 2009 by Admin 0 Comments

Bastille Day is the French national holiday, celebrated on July 14 each year. In France, it is called Fête Nationale ("National Celebration") in official parlance, or more commonly le quatorze juillet ("14 July"). It commemorates the 1790 Fête de la Fédération, held on the first anniversary of the storming of the Bastille on 14 July 1789; the anniversary of the storming of the Bastille fortress-prison was seen as a symbol of the uprising of the modern nation, and of the reconciliation of all the French inside the constitutional monarchy which preceded the First Republic, during the French Revolution.

 

“Our people are connected by long-standing relations of friendship, mutual respect and trust,” reads the message from the Russian President. “Meanwhile, the traditional Russian-French partnership always has been and remains a significant factor in European and global policy.

 

2010 has been declared the Year of France in Russia and the Year of Russia in France, and promises to be one more striking example of our fruitful dialogue and multifaceted bilateral cooperation. I am convinced that continuing effective mutually advantageous efforts – of which our joint participation in the G8 summit in L'Aquila is a good example – is perfectly compatible with the interests of our peoples, and helps strengthen pan-European stability and safety.”

 

Source: http://www.kremlin.ru/eng/sdocs/news.shtml#219562