Former national library director honoured with French order hinh anh 1The award ceremony was held on March 9 (Photo:VNA)
Hanoi (VNA) - France’s Ambassador to Vietnam Jean-Noel Porier on March 9 presented the French Order of Arts and Literature to Pham The Khang, former Director of the National Library of Vietnam (NLV).

In his 10-year term started in 2000 as NLV’s director, Khang made great contributions to the popularisation of the French language and culture to Vietnamese people as well as boosting the cooperation between the NLV and the National Library of France, said the French ambassador at the award ceremony.

The former director also helped build an e-search system for nearly 60,000 French-language books, Porier added.

Initiated in 1957, the Order of Arts and Literature of France is to honour outstanding figures whose creativeness in literature and fine arts has helped make a contribution to popularise arts and literature in France and other countries around the world.

A number of well-known Vietnamese individuals have been awarded the order, including director Le Manh Thich, designer Minh Hanh, choreographer Nguyen Cong Nhac, writer Nguyen Huy Thiep, and translator Duong Tuong.-VNA