A week-long exhibition opened in Paris on April 26, showcasing photos and publications on the Vietnam-France relations over the past 40 years and Vietnamese culture.

The event is part of the 2014 Vietnam Year in France and aims to promote Vietnam as a global tourist attraction.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, Vietnam’s Minister of Information and Communications Nguyen Bac Son said the exhibition is aimed at consolidating the two peoples’ mutual understanding and boosting the Vietnam-France strategic partnership, which was established in September 2013.

At the same time, a Vietnam film week was also launched with nearly 100 documentaries to be screened.

Benoit Paumier, General Commissioner of the 2014 Vietnam Year in France, hailed the “symbolic” significance of the exhibition and film week, saying that the 2014 Vietnam Year in France has attracted the active participation of local authorities, Vietnamese associations and friendship societies in the country.-VNA