Three members of the French Mission of Aid and Co-operation to the Ivory Coast have been made members of the Legion of Honour in Abidjan by the French Ambassador Mr.
Three members of the French Mission of Aid and Co-operation to the Ivory Coast have been made members of the Legion of Honour in Abidjan by the French Ambassador Mr. Jacques-Raphael Leygues.
The chief of the mission Mr. Jacques Morette-Bourny was made an officer of the Legion of Honour. Mr. Serge Migonneau and Mr. Roger Perriard were made knights of the order.
The three members of the mission live and work in France but opted to receive their decorations in Abidjan. The awards were bestowed in recognition of the part they had played in Franco-Ivorian co-operation over many years. Mr Morette-Bourny received his award for his work as Chief of the Mission of Aid and Co-operation.
Mr. Migonneau was decorated for his work as Director of the Cabinet of the Ministry of Works in the immediate pre-independence years as technical advisor to the Cabinet of the President of the Ivory Coast Republic.
Mr. Perriard, at present a technical advisor to the Cabinet of President Houphouet-Boigny and a French radio and television (ORTF) journalist attached to the Office of Franco-Ivorian Co- operation, helped to establish the Ivory Coast's only daily newspaper, Fraternite-Matin.
The ceremony, held at the French embassy in Abidjan was attended by many prominent Ivorians including the Minister of Information. Mr. Edouard Bouazo, the President Director General of Hotafric Mr. Alicide Kaocu and the President of the Economic and Social Council Mr. Mamadou Coulibaly.