Frankrikes nationaldagsfirande (14 juli 2016) [fr]

"Mr Peter Hultqvist, Minister of Defense, Members of the Government, Members of Parliament, Members of the Stockholm City council, Ambassadors, Ladies and Gentlemen, mes chers compatriotes,

I would like to wish you a warm welcome at the French residence, from myself and the whole team at the Embassy. I would also like to thank our sponsors, 14 generous French and Swedish companies. Without them, this reception would be much less attractive.

This has been a challenging year.

Terrorism has struck again and again, all over the world, and, in France, on November 13th. Once again, the sympathy of the Swedish people has been comforting. I remember their emotion when we met on Gustav AdolfsTorg, one week after the attacks. And once again the solidarity of the Swedish government has been remarkable, its response to our call for military support one of the most significant among our partners.

Europe has faced two major shocks, the unprecedented influx of refugees, particularly in this country, and now the decision of the United Kingdom to leave the EU, which was met with respect but also a lot of sadness in France as in Sweden. It is a decision that should lead us to give a new impetus to the EU project, in particular on security, on jobs and social protection, on innovation and, more generally, on what is truly important for the European citizens.

On all these issues, France and Sweden already have a strong agenda of cooperation, enshrined in the bilateral declaration adopted during the visit of the French Prime minister Manuel Valls last September.

But our affinities are not limited to European issues. Sweden, as a leader in fighting climate change, has played an important role in the success of the Paris COP. We are now looking forward to closely work with the Swedish diplomacy in the UN Security council over the next two years, and allow me to congratulate the Swedish authorities for a brilliant campaign and election. The Swedish support to our initiative on the Middle East peace process is also very much appreciated.

And, thanks to the municipality of Stockholm, French culture will be very visible this summer in the streets of the city during Kulturfestivalen. I invite you, in particular, to come to the grand opening on Gustav Adolfs Torg, the 16th of August, for the very spectacular show “Place des Anges”. Finally, our economic exchanges, both trade and investments, are well oriented, thanks also to the remarkable performances of the Swedish economy and its strong growth.

So, you see, there are a lot of reasons to be confident in the future development of our relationships.

Je voudrais dire un mot en français à mes compatriotes. D’abord pour souligner combien la solidarité et le calme de notre communauté en Suède a été importante après les attentats de Novembre. Ensuite pour me réjouir que cette communauté continue de s’accroître. Encore 5 pc de Français supplémentaires en Suède l’année dernière. Des exportations qui augmentent également, des résultats toujours aussi impressionnants au Baccalauréat pour le Lycée Français Saint Louis. Et des organisations très dynamiques.

Permettez-moi d’en singulariser deux cette année : Stockholm Accueil, qui a fêté son vingtième anniversaire et qui est un pilier de l’animation de notre communauté ; et la Chambre de commerce franco-suédoise qui a conclu un accord important avec Business France et renouvelé ses équipes.

Je voudrais aussi signaler que la demande d’inscription au Registre des Français de l’Etranger peut désormais se faire en ligne sur le site service-public.fr. Je souhaite que cela incite toujours davantage de Français à s’enregistrer pour qu’ils soient connus de l’ambassade et du consulat, c’est important notamment pour leur sécurité. Sur le même espace vous pourrez consulter votre situation électorale et nous le savons, 2017 sera l’année du grand rendez-vous démocratique des élections présidentielles et législatives. Pensez donc tous à vérifier que vous êtes bien inscrits sur les listes électorales consulaires si vous voulez voter en Suède.

Jag kan inte avsluta detta tal utan att nämna fotbolls-EM som precis avgjordes. Jag skulle vilja gratulera Portugal till den fina vinsten men vi är också väldigt glada över att allting har gått bra gällande säkerheten, organisationen och välkomnandet av supportrarna. Fransmännen har varit mycket imponerade av de hundra tusen gulblåa svenska fansen och deras fotbollsglädje.

A propås fotboll måste ju även nämnas Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Att han lämnar Paris Saint Germain för England är en förlust för vår relation, men relationen är stark, omfattande, välfungerande och det är upp till oss att förstärka den ytterligare.

Tack så mycket."

Senast uppdaterad 07/09/2016

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