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Lithuanian Gardens opens in Paris

Lithuanian Gardens opens in Paris

On March 12th, a momentous occasion unfolded in the heart of Paris as President Gitanas Nausėda inaugurated the Lithuanian Gardens, marking the first public space in the French capital to bear Lithuania’s name. Located in the 17th arrondissement of Paris, the square holds a profound historical significance, as it stands opposite the Fournier residence – once the site of Lithuania’s inter-war Embassy from 1925 to 1940, lost to Soviet occupation.

During the ceremony, President Nausėda expressed gratitude to France, a steadfast ally that never recognized Lithuania’s occupation. Joined by dignitaries including Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo and Lithuanian Ambassador Nerijus Aleksiejūnas, the President underscored the symbolism of the gardens, evoking the language of freedom to all who visit.

Echoing these sentiments, Mayor Hidalgo described the gardens as a beacon of peace, tolerance, and solidarity with Lithuania.

Strengthening Bonds

Highlighting the forthcoming Lithuanian season in France, President Nausėda emphasized its role in fostering deeper cultural exchanges and strengthening bilateral ties. He thanked France for the opportunity to showcase Lithuanian creativity and expressed eagerness to embrace French culture in Lithuania, cementing the enduring friendship between the two nations.

The inauguration of the Lithuanian Gardens serves as a prelude to the upcoming Lithuanian season in France, set to feature over 200 events and 500 artists, fostering cultural dialogue, and enriching the lives of half a million spectators and visitors.