The Vietnam Year in France, which featured over 100 economic, socio-cultural and scientific events at an unprecedented scale, concluded in Paris after running for 10 months in celebration of the 40th anniversary of bilateral diplomatic ties.

The Vietnam Year presented the country as an Asian nation closely linked to France in terms of history and culture. Official relations between the two countries were strengthened by the establishment of the strategic partnership last year, which boosted mutual prospects for cooperation via exhibitions, workshops, fairs and international festivals.

Deputy Foreign Minister Vu Hong Nam said in his closing remarks in Paris on November 3 that exchanges on national defence, education and training, and scientific research as part of the Vietnam Year in France had provided a new momentum for bilateral ties.

Ambassador Duong Chi Dung hailed the year as a success for all stakeholders, including the two Governments, the private sectors and local authorities.

Vice Mayor of Paris, Bruno Julliard, on his part, praised the Vietnamese community for their important contributions to the city’s cultural diversity.

At the closing ceremony, a colourful combination of Vietnamese fashion shows and musical performances captivated the French audience.

Throughout the year, a vast array of events, including cinematographic pieces, circus performances, water puppetry, contemporary dance and music, ca tru (ceremonial singing), and traditional martial arts performances, was organised. In particular, Vietnamese cuisine was also on offer at local hotels and in public places, including typical street-food.-VNA