The French Minister of State for Veterans and Remembrance on official visit in Macedonia
Jean-Marc Todeschini, Minister of State for Veterans and Remembrance was on official visit in the Republic of Macedonia from the 9th to the 11th of March 2015. The aim of the visit was the launch of the commemorations of the Eastern Front, in honour of the 100th anniversary of the First World War in Macedonia.
Mr Todeschini partook in the Ceremony of Commemoration of the First World War at the French cemetery in Bitola, where the State Secretary laid the foundation stone of the new museum. Subsequently, an inauguration was held in the Parc de la Francophonie in Skopje for the commemorative plaque honouring the French soldiers who fought on the Eastern Front. These events were held in the presence of a large number of Macedonian elected officials as well as the French community in Macedonia.
This was an important event for the Decentralized cooperation between Lower Normandy and Macedonia as well as the French Embassy in Skopje because it strengthened and legitimised the activities that we lead on the topic of the Eastern Front. The Decentralized cooperation between Lower Normandy and Macedonia, coordinated by ALDA, is working on several projects on the topic of Remembrance and the First World War in Macedonia:
A territorial project with the Municipality of Novaci which aims to promote memorial tourism;
A project which involves two high schools from Macedonia and Lower Normandy and Alliance française in Bitola and aims at developing a perspective on the First and the Second World Wars through the viewpoints of the pupils;
An educational project on the topic of the Eastern Front and the First World War in Macedonia with the French Institute in Skopje.
For further information on the Minister of State’s visit, consult the articles in French on France 24 and the French Embassy in Macedonia.
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