On February 21, the delegation led by the former Prime Minister of France, currently the Mayor of Le Havre, Mr. Edouard Philippe, and the former Minister, currently the Member of the European Parliament, Ms. Nathalie Loiseau, visited the Armenian Genocide Memorial, accompanied by the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of France to Armenia, Mrs. Anne Luo.
The guests were welcomed by AGMI Director Harutyun Marutyan, who narrated the history of the creation of the Memorial. He also presented the guests with the history of the three khachkars placed in the Tsitsernakaberd area in memory of the Armenians who died in the massacres in the cities of Sumgait, Kirovabad (Gandzak) and Baku in the last century organised by the Azerbaijani government, emphasizing the connection between what happened and the Armenian Genocide.
Mr. Edouard Philippe laid a wreath at the genocide monument and the guests put flowers at the Eternal Fire and observed a minute’s silence in memory of the innocent martyrs of the Armenian Genocide. They also toured the Armenian Genocide Museum accompanied by AGMI senior guide Hasmik Martirosyan, becoming acquainted with the permanent and temporary exhibitions there, after which they made notes in the Memory Book for Honourable Guests.
Expressing his gratitude for the visit, AGMI Director Harutyun Marutyan, presented to the guests some of AGMI’s publications, including the French edition of the book “Ravished Armenia: The Story of Aurora Mardiganian”, published in 2020 with the support of the head of the Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes region of France.