Monday, May 20, 2013 10:02
Wednesday, May 15 at 17h, in the halls of City Hall, was received by Mayor Jean-Pierre Artiganave, many elected officials, the Sub-prefect of Argeles-Gazost and Mayor Stephanie Beaucens Lacoste (come one hour present before the Trail of Hautacam) 1 Minister Frank Bainimarama in Fiji private visit Lourdes.
Although this is not an official visit he was yet received with the respect due to his rank and protection was provided in another by officers from Lourdes commanded by Commander Francis Pouchan. (We were told that Frank Bainimarama would probably soon be the new President of Fiji)
Jean-Pierre Artiganave delivered a short speech of welcome: "Lourdes is a small town that has the reputation that we know him, but it is also important because of its personalities it receives. 1 Mr. Minister, you are at home here."
Frank Bainimarama came with his wife Maria Makitalena and one of his daughters. He confessed a passion for rugby. He even sat for a time in the Fiji Rugby Union. This is why Jean-Pierre Artiganave reminded him that Lourdes had "a prestigious club," before applying to the Assistant sports and big rugby Garruet Jean-Pierre, "the only Lourdais who has met the honorable players Fijians" . He then handed him the Medal of the city, and a book about, of course, the history of FCL XV. Soon, the first Minister and its sequel, all rugby fans have asked Jean-Pierre Garruet to lend a book signing session.
The first Minister of Fiji has also signed the guestbook of the City.
These ladies also received a medal and a bouquet of flowers, they are much interested in a frame containing a copy of a report of the minutes of the Commissioner Jacomet who had questioned Bernadette after the apparitions.
Then after the session souvenir photos, a reception was served with delicious pastries. Nothing like that to maintain the friendship between the peoples!