TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – On Wednesday (July 24), Taoyuan Mayor Cheng Wen-tsan (鄭文燦) awarded the outgoing director of the French Office in Taipei with a certificate of honorary citizenship.
Mayor Cheng wanted to express his gratitude to Director Benoît Guidée for the contributions he has made to France-Taiwan relations and Guidée’s efforts to promote French culture in Taiwan. Since Guidée began his service in the country in 2015, he and Cheng have met each other on at least 50 occasions, reports the Liberty Times.
Since becoming head of the French Office in September 2015, the two countries' relationship has continued to strengthen with an increased rate of economic and cultural exchanges. In addition, French businesses like Airbus and Carrefour have made significant investments in Taoyuan.
Cheng noted that there have also been many exchanges over the past year, under Guidée’s leadership, in the areas of science and technology, academics, and sports, reports the Liberty Times. Guidée thanked the mayor for the honor and expressed his hope that relations between Taiwan and France would continue to strengthen under his successor.