France alumni gather at gala night in Hanoi hinh anh 1French Ambassador Jean Noel Poirier speaks at the gala (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – A gala night gathering former Vietnamese students in France was held at the French Embassy in Hanoi on March 5.

The annual event, themed “Printemps en ville” (Spring in the City), was the third of its kind held so far by the France Alumni Vietnam Association (UAVF). It also aims to celebrate the International Francophonie Day (March 20).

French Ambassador Jean Noel Poirier said the gala was an occasion for the ex-students to recall their time in France.

He noted that in 2015, the French Embassy and the UAVF liaised with companies, including French firms, in Vietnam to offer employment and promotion opportunities to the former students. The diplomat said he hopes such cooperation will continue in the future.

A highlight of the gala was the awards ceremony of a French cake making contest for amateur cooks, which attracted nearly 30 participants nationwide.

The UAVF, set up in March 2010, hosts gatherings every year for their members to share experience in working in Vietnam and meet with representatives of Hanoi-based French businesses to seek employment chances.-VNA