French Communist Jean-Charles Negre Posthumously Awarded by Vietnam

On behalf of the President of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, the Vietnamese Ambassador to France Dinh Toàn Thang on September 8 organized a ceremony of posthumous decoration of the Order of Friendship to Jean-Charles Nègre, a former member of the National Executive Committee of the French Communist Party.
September 09, 2021 | 20:44

Organized at the Embassy of Vietnam in Paris, the ceremony was attended by National Secretary of the French Communist Party Fabien Roussel, President of the French Communist Party’s National Council Pierre Laurent, the wife and daughter of Jean-Charles Nègre, and French and Vietnamese friends.

Speaking at the event, Ambassador Dinh Toan Thang affirmed that Jean-Charles Negre was not only a great French communist activist but also a fighter for the friendship between the peoples of Vietnam and France and the solidarity between the French and Vietnam Communist Parties.

French Communist Jean-Charles Negre Posthumously Awarded by Vietnam
Ambassador of Vietnam to France Dinh Toan Thang awarded the Order of Friendship to Jean-Charles Negre’s family. Photo: VOV

After arriving in Vietnam for the first time in September 1975, Jean-Charles Negre had played a positive role in fostering the exchange and communication between the two countries and promoting bilateral cooperation projects, especially in historical archiving and cooperation between the Nhan dan Newspapers of Vietnam and the L’Humanité Newspapers of France. Economic cooperation between France and Vietnam was also one of Negre’s biggest concerns.

As leader and member of the National Executive Committee of the French Communist Party, Jean-Charles Nègre played an active role in intensifying exchanges and dialogue between the two Parties. Negre was the initiator of many cooperation and partnership projects between French and Vietnamese businesses in different sectors, such as tourism, sports, environment and digitalization. He contributed significantly to boosting the twinning between the city of Montreuil in the northeast department of Seine-Saint-Denis and the northern Vietnamese province of Hai Duong and between the Ile de France region and the capital city Hanoi. Numerous waste treatment, water purification and environment projects initiated by Negre have become the highlights of the decentralized cooperation between Vietnam and France.

French Communist Jean-Charles Negre Posthumously Awarded by Vietnam
National Secretary of the French Communist Party Fabien Roussel speaking at the event. Photo: Embassy of Vietnam in France

Noting Negre’s contributions, Ambassador Toan Thang underlined that “the people of Vietnam will never forget Negre’s special contributions in preserving on French soil the memories of President Ho Chi Minh, one of the founders of the French Communist Party. Thanks to Negre, a part of the Living History Museum in Montreuil was reserved to honor President Ho Chi Minh and Uncle Ho’s bust was erected in the Parc de Montreau. Just before his passing, Jean-Charles Negre had worked with the Federation of Bouches-du-Rhône to actively support the installation of President Ho Chi Minh memorial plaque in Marseille.”

For his part, National Secretary of the French Communist Party Roussel appreciated the award of the Order of Friendship that the state of Vietnam had given to Negre. The Secretary considered it a great honor and commemoration, highlighting that Jean-Charles Negre “was a tireless defender of Vietnam and France.”

French Communist Jean-Charles Negre Posthumously Awarded by Vietnam
Participants at the posthumous award ceremony of the Order of Friendship to Jean-Charles Nègre. Photo: Embassy of Vietnam in France

“If we consider the friendship between the two countries as a tree, Jean-Charles Negre was that tree’s nurturer, bringing it strength and vigor,” he added.

The leader of the French Communist Party also affirmed that members of the party have been continuously cementing the friendship between Vietnam and France, following Negre’s footsteps.

On behalf of the family, Jeanne Negre expressed her appreciation and thanked the care and recognition that the state of Vietnam has given to her father. This distinction, according to her, "will bring back fond memories and the immense love of her father for Vietnam".

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