BUST OF LOUIS BARTHOU REVEALED AT FRENCH EMBASSY
Belgrade, 14 July 2009 – Their Royal Highnesses
Crown Prince Alexander and Crown Princess Katherine, accompanied by
His Royal Highness Prince Philip and Mrs. Alison Andrews, attended a
reception at the French Embassy today for the 14 July, Bastille Day,
the French National Holiday, hosted by the Ambassador of France H.E
Mr. Jean-François Terral and his wife.
A special ceremony was organized at the French
Embassy to reveal the bust of Mr. Louis Barthou, the Foreign
Minister of the Third Republic, who was tragically killed in 1934
during assassination of King Alexander I, grandfather of Crown
Prince Alexander and great-grandfather of Prince Philip.
During the opening ceremony speeches were
delivered by HE Mr. Jean-François Terral, HE Prime Minister
Cvetkovic and HRH Crown Prince Alexander.
While addressing distinguished guests the Crown
Prince emphasized: “We are gathered here today to pay our respect to
a great statesman and great man, Louis Barthou. He was killed
together with my grandfather, King Alexander, and at that moment he
was not only Louis Barthou, he was France! And France is paying him
respect today with this monument, which is a noble gesture worthy of
France and worthy of Louis Barthou”.
The reception was very well attended by HE Mr.
Ivica Dacic, First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior
Affairs, HE Mr. Bozidar Djelic, Vice President for European
Integrations and Minister of Science and Technological Development
HE Dr. Zarko Obradovic, Minister of Education, HE Mr. Nebojsa
Bradic, Minister of Culture, HE Mrs. Snezana Samardzic-Markovic
Minister of Sport and Youth, as well as representatives of
diplomatic corps, Serbian public and political figures, religious
leaders and media representatives.