Wednesday, July 4

France president Macron unveils French Cultural Centre in Lagos

France president, Emmanuel Macron, on Wednesday said that his government and people of France will develop infrastructure in key sector in Lagos State.

Macron made the pledge while unveiling the Alliance Francaise, a French Cultural Centre in Ikoyi, Lagos, built in collaboration with a Nigerian businessman, Chief Mike Adenuga.

He said, “Mr Governor, and I spoke yesterday while going to the shrine and on our way to this place, Alliance Francaise.”

“But at the end of it all, I realised that both offices did share same views that we can do tremendous things together,” Macron said.

“Lagos is one of the challenges of, not only Nigeria, but Africa.

“This huge city is a tremendous challenge about how to make people live together in peace and better society; I want France to be part of this story,” he added

“I do want my country and citizens to be part of this experience, which means sharing same values, cultures, languages, literature, music, movies, projects, common economic projects, among others.”

He said the idea of a French Cultural Centre was a way of improving the relationship between France and Nigeria.

“I see the Alliance Francaise as a commitment aimed at making the friendship between both countries, who have different cultures, but vivid and vibrant as well as lifting barriers that have existed between both cultures.”

“The common space we have is not linked to language or country.”

“We are different people; but we share same values and it is precisely this common values we want to convey.”

“The Alliance Francaise is one of the best illustrations of this commitment,” Macron said.

Lagos State Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode, Prof. Wole Soyinka and members of the Lagos State Executive Council were among the dignitaries who attended the event.

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