Ambassador pays two-day visit to Guernsey

Sylvie Bermann visits Government House and decorates a British D-Day veteran during her trip to the Channel island


19 October 2016

French Ambassador Sylvie Bermann has paid a visit to Guernsey, where she met members of the government and decorated a British D-Day veteran.

On Day 1 of her two-day trip, the Ambassador was welcomed by Sir Ian Corder, Lieutenant-Governor of Guernsey, and given a tour of the island. She visited Government House, where she met Deputy Jonathan Le Tocq, External Affairs Minister, before later meeting Sir Richard Collas, Bailiff of Guernsey.

Ambassador Bermann also visited the church of Notre-Dame du Rosaire and was shown around Hauteville House by Odile Blanchette, Honorary Consul of Guernsey. The Ambassador later attended a reception for the island’s French community at Castle Cornet before being hosted for a working dinner at Government House.

On Day 2, the Ambassador decorated British D-Day veteran William Blair with the Légion d’honneur, France’s highest honour. The ceremony at Government House honoured President Hollande’s promise to honour all those who fought to liberate France during the Second World War.

It was attended by two other veterans, John Burford and Jim Jehan, both of whom recently received the same prestigious honour.

At 10.50 am there was a short commemoration for the victims of the Battle of Verdun, before the trip concluded with a final tour of Castle Cornet, where a flag is flying to commemorate 950 years since the Battle of Hastings in 1066.

Published on 25/10/2016

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