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Paris (VNA) – A delegation from the Party Central Committee’s Commission for Information and Education led by its deputy head Lam Phuong Thanh paid a visit to France from June 26 to July 1 to learn to the country’s experience in managing electronic newspaper and social media as well as the preservation of cultural heritages.

The delegation held a working session with representatives of Le Monde Diplomatique and L’Humanite newspapers run by the French Communist Party, and the France National Journalists’ Union.

The French officials said that most e-newspapers in France are online versions of printed newspapers. The majority of French press agencies use social media to widespread their products, they said.

They also noted financial difficulties facing the local media agencies.

Patrick Kamenka from the France National Journalists’Union said that the country has nearly 40,000 professional journalists, but the number of journalists joining the union has been declining.

Currently, the union is proposing the French Government give financial support to newspapers to reduce businesses’ control of their contents, he said.

Meanwhile, Bruno Favel, head of the Department for European Affairs of France’s Ministry of Culture, said that France is a leading country in preserving cultural heritages, which has been considered a solution to attract more tourists and boost economic development.

France’s tourism sector serves over 80 million visitors per year, he said, adding that France has 57 heritages, including 15 intangible cultural ones.

The French side also expressed hope that Vietnam will have an important voice at the UN Education, Science and Culture Organisation, while proposing the two countries support each other to have more cultural heritages recognized.

During their stay, Thanh and the Vietnamese delegation also had a working session with the Vietnamese Embassy in France and Vietnamese media agencies in the country, during which she asked for more efforts to bring more local news to Vietnam, thus boosting economic and cultural cooperation betweenthe two countries.-VNA