Rizal Hall, Malacañan Palace
19 October 2012
President Benigno S. Aquino III expressed his optimism for deeper bilateral ties with the French Republic during a state dinner in honor of French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault and his delegation.
“In, 1986, at a critical point in our history, France was among the first in the family of nations to accord recognition to the revolutionary government of my mother, President Corazon C. Aquino,” he said.
The President also cited similarities between Filipinos and French especially with its love for food and the challenges both countries had to undergo to achieve national development.
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