A square named “Paris Agreement” and a “Symbol for Peace” post were inaugurated in Choisy le Roi, a city in the southeastern suburbs of Paris, on March 23.

The event, as part of the week-long celebration of the 40 th anniversary of the signing of the Paris Agreement on Ending the War and Restoring Peace in Vietnam, was jointly organised by the city authorities and the Vietnamese Embassy in France.

Guests at the event included Madame Nguyen Thi Binh, who headed the delegation of the Provisional Revolutionary Government of the Republic of South Vietnam to the Paris conference and later became Vice President of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, Vietnamese ambassador to France Duong Chi Dung, Choisy le Roi Mayor Daniel Davisse, among others.

The “Symbol for Peace” post, designed by French artist Dominique Miscault shows the special solidarity between Choisy le Roi and Hanoi as well as between France and Vietnam.

A stone stele placed at the foot of the post reads: “From 1968 to 1973, Choisy le Roi welcomed the delegation of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam to the Paris conference to negotiate and sign the Paris Agreement on Ending the War and Restoring Peace in Vietnam on January 27, 1973. It was an honour for Choisy le Roi to contribute to peace”.

Addressing the ceremony, Binh recalled the friendship and warm welcome of the city’s authorities and people, saying that she highly valued the fruitful assistance and sincere and valuable sentiments that the people of Choisy le Roi as well as Franch had given to the Vietnamese side. She affirmed that the support has helped Vietnam achieve the goal of peace, independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity .

Mayor Daniel Davisse said the square and the post are located by French’s Seine River , the endless source of water of which symbolises the long lasting friendship, solidarity and fine cooperation between the two nations.

An exhibition of ceramic murals designed by artist Nguyen Thu Thuy is expected to open to the public in Choisy le roi on March 26.-VNA