Listen to RFI News
Expand Player
The Sound Kitchen
Those amazing trills
Sound Kitchen Podcast
Listen Download Podcast
  • Paris Live PM 1300 - 1400 GMT
    News bulletin 08/16 13h00 GMT
  • Paris Live PM 1300 - 1400 GMT
    News bulletin 08/15 13h00 GMT
  • Paris Live PM 1300 - 1400 GMT
    News bulletin 08/14 13h00 GMT
  • 13h00 - 14h00 GMT
    News bulletin 04/05 13h00 GMT
  • 13h00 - 14h00 GMT
    News bulletin 04/04 13h00 GMT
  • 13h00 - 14h00 GMT
    News bulletin 04/03 13h00 GMT
To take full advantage of multimedia content, you must have the Flash plugin installed in your browser. To connect, you need to enable cookies in your browser settings. For an optimal navigation, the RFI site is compatible with the following browsers: Internet Explorer 8 and above, Firefox 10 and +, Safari 3+, Chrome 17 and + etc.

France celebrates Bastille Day in Fukushima

media A temporary tide barrier is seen at Tokyo Electric Power Co.(TEPCO)'s Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station in Fukushima prefecture, 30 June 2011. Reuters/Tokyo Electric Power Co/Handout

In a mark of solidarity, France on Thursday moved its overseas Bastille Day celebrations in Japan from Tokyo to Fukushima prefecture, which was hit hard by the 11 March quake, tsunami and nuclear disaster.

It was the first time France has moved a foreign celebration of its national day to a venue outside the host country's capital.

Six hundred quake survivors joined the celebration, which was hosted by French Culture and Communication Minister Frederic Mitterrand.

Mitterrand said he had witnessed how "the French people have followed with a heavy heart the misfortune that has touched the kind people of Japan".

Praising the will, dignity and courage of the Japanese, the minister said his visit was "proof of the fraternity between the French people and the Japanese people,” urging them to “move forward together".

The celebration was held at Koriyama, 220 kilometres north of Tokyo, in the same prefecture as the tsunami-hit Fukushima nuclear plant, which emergency crews are still working to shutdown.

The reception, organized with the help of a dozen Michelin starred-French and Japanese chefs, was at the initiative of French ambassador Philippe Faure.

"This is an opportunity to bring some comfort to those who most need it now, and it shows the solidarity of France during a difficult time with our Japanese friends," Faure told the guests.



Sorry but the period of time connection to the operation is exceeded.