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Consul Pascal Van Dieren, Ambassador Claude-France Arnould, Mayor Bart de Wever.

Friday, 23 September 2016, Flanders: France’s novel Honorary Consul in Antwerp, Mr Pascal Van Dieren,  presented his exequatur at a reception in his honour at Antwerp’s City Hall.

Antwerp’s mayor Bart De Wever delivered an allocution in the French language highlighting the importance of the Port of Antwerp for France, even wittily stating that the latter is “France’s chief port”. HE Ambassador Claude-France Arnould reciprocated with a grateful speech held in Dutch, a language she masters after living for the last fifteen years in Belgium and being an educated in Germanic studies.

Reception for Honorary Consul Pascal Van Dieren at Antwerp's City Hall.
Reception for Honorary Consul Pascal Van Dieren at Antwerp’s City Hall.

Ms Marie-Christine Butel, General Consul of France headquartered in Brussels as well as Mr Philippe Cordery, French’s MP in the Benelux, were equally present during the reception.

For more information:

French consulates in Belgium: http://www.consulfrance-bruxelles.org/Consuls-honoraires-653

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Pictures by French Embassy of France to Belgium.

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