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France opens “Sports and Fraternity” photo exhibition in town

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – The French Consulate General in HCMC inaugurated a photo exhibition today, June 11, to promote the upcoming Olympic Games (July 26-August 11) and Paralympic Games (August 28-September 8) in Paris.

The exhibition, titled “Sports and Fraternity,” features 13 photographs capturing moments of athletes and their teams by Agence France-Presse (AFP).

Photos will be on display until the end of September on the outer walls of the French Residence at 6 Le Duan Boulevard, District 1.

Inspired by the Olympic Truce, which is an ancient Greek tradition of bringing conflicts to a halt during the Games and was re-established in 1993 by the United Nations General Assembly, the exhibition highlights the values of respect, determination, and selflessness inherent in sports.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, French Deputy Consul General Grégory Robert emphasized, “Sports provide a platform for athletes to compete on behalf of their nations, but they also offer opportunities for meeting, sharing experiences, dialogue, mutual understanding, and expressing friendship among communities and individuals.”

French Deputy Consul General in HCMC Grégory Robert delivers opening remarks

Talking about the Paralympics, Robert said that these games share the same values and importance as the Olympics. They showcase the ability of people to go beyond their limits. The Paralympics also offer a chance to compete and unite through sport, embodying the same goal of celebrating the Olympic spirit.

A photo captures a moment from the Paralympics game

Through this exhibition, the French Consulate General aims to share the values of the Olympic and Paralympic Games with the citizens in HCMC and to convey the spirit of the Paris 2024 Games. Additionally, it extends an invitation to the Vietnamese to experience the Games in France this summer.

This year marks the third time France has hosted the Olympics, with nearly 15 million visitors expected and about four billion television viewers anticipated globally.

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