French Senate President Gérard Larcher attended a ceremony in Hanoi on December 8 to inaugurate the new headquarters of the French Institute in Vietnam, as part of his ongoing official visit to the Southeast Asian country.
Gérard Larcher said that the institute serves a pillar in the culture exchange between France and Vietnam, through the organisation of events in all fields, from cinematography to music, from performing arts to visual arts, and heritage.
The inauguration marks a new start for the institute's activities, opens up opportunities for the institute in relations with Vietnamese partners, and strengthens links and cultural and linguistic exchanges, he added.
Vietnamese Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Nguyen Van Hung said that this event marks a new development of the institute after 18 years operating in Vietnam, and part of a ceremony to kick-start events in celebration of the 50th anniversary of bilateral diplomatic ties in 2023, co-chaired by Gérard Larcher and his Vietnamese counterpart Vuong Dinh Hue earlier the same day.
He expressed his belief that in the coming time, the Vietnam Cultural Centre in France and the French Institute in Vietnam will continue to promote the achieved results and act as a bridge connecting the two peoples and bringing them closer together, thus contributing to promoting the Vietnam - France strategic partnership.