The Vietnamese Embassy in France in coordination with the Paris City Hall hosted a reception on February 8 on the occasion of the Lunar New Year (Tet) festival.

It is the first of many large-scale activities that will be held in France this year to celebrate 40 years of diplomatic ties between the two countries.

Addressing the event, Vietnamese Ambassador to France Duong Chi Dung highlighted the great contributions that the Vietnamese community in France has made to the development of Vietnam-France friendship and cooperation as well as national construction.

Mayor of Paris Bertrand Dalanoe said that the city is proud of its Vietnamese community, and their cultural activities have helped Parisians learn more about Vietnam.

He also recalled his visit to the country in the past and affirmed that the Tet holiday is a real festival in the city.-VNA