Bastille dayTuesday, July 15, 2014
Hollande is mulling over Buenos Aires visit
by michael soltys
French President François Hollande is looking very hard at coming here next year after President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner’s presence at the Paris Book Fair last March, Ambassador Jean-Michel Casa revealed to his guests at the Bastille Day reception yesterday evening — if so, he would be the third French president to visit in the last half-century following Charles de Gaulle in 1964 and François Mitterrand in 1987.
Casa started his speech by congratulating Argentina’s soccer squad on its performance in yesterday’s World Cup final but also made a point of extending congratulations to his German colleague Bernhard von Waldersee for his nation’s triumph, stressing that Germany was France’s closest partner in the European Union.
Otherwise, Casa highlighted that no less than 230 French companies had invested in Argentina, creating 60,000 jobs, and that France was the third most popular destination in the world for Argentine external students.
In his first Bastille Day reception, the new envoy concluded by saying that the French Revolution was not just a national but also a universal milestone, laying the basis for the 1810 Revolution in Argentina, for example.
The Herald spotted Supreme Court Justice Eugenio Zaffaroni, as well as Socialist leader Hermes Binner and his ally, UNEN deputy Victoria Donda, among numerous ambassadors and French business contacts that attended the reception.