Balade en France 2018 opens in Hanoi

18:48 15/12/2018
Balade en France 2018 (Walk in France), began on December 14, is part of a series of event to celebrate the 45th anniversary of diplomatic relations between France and Vietnam and marking the fifth anniversary of bilateral strategic partnership.
Chairman of the Hanoi People's Committee Nguyen Duc Chung highlighted that the French cultural festival "Balade en France" is a festival of friendship. This cultural event will help to promote the solidarity between Vietnam and international friends in general and between Vietnam and France in particular.
French Ambassador to Vietnam Bertrand Lortholary invited Chairman Nguyen Duc Chung Hanoi; Minister of Health Nguyen Kim Tien, President of Vietnam-France Friendship Association and President of France-Vietnam Friendship Parliamentary Group Nguyen Thuy Anh to light up a 6m-tall Christmas tree made of recycled plastic bottles, sending out a message of protecting the environment. 
French Ambassador to Vietnam Bertrand Lortholary expressed his hope that Balade en France 2018 will tighten France-Vietnam ties. He also highlighted that the year of 2018 marked successful cooperation in various fields, including politics, economy, culture, education, healthcare, defence...
 The event took place at Ly Thai To Square on Dinh Tien Hoang street and by Hoan Kiem Lake was  full of Christmas shops and decorated with sparkling lights.
Visitors will be able to enjoy French dishes offered by French restaurants in Hanoi, as well as cosmetics and technological products presented at 60 booths by French companies.
The event also features an extensive music program with performances of French music group La Bella et la Bete, DJ Ouissam Mokretar and singer Kenijah David, and Vietnamese singers My Linh, Dong Lan, Trang Phap.
The three-day event is held in the capital for the first time, after nine consecutive years in Ho Chi Minh City.
Balade en France 2018 is organised under the coordination of the French Embassy in Vietnam, the French Ministry of Agriculture and Food and the People’s Committee of Hanoi.
By Duy Tien