By Libya Herald staff.
Tripoli, 5 April 2014:
The president of the Franco-Libyan Chamber of Commerce, Michel Casals, has . . .[restrict]been awarded the Légion d’Honneur, France’s highest decoration, for his work over the years in promoting and facilitating trade between the two countries. It was conferred on him on Thursday by the French Ambassador, Antoine Sivan.
Speaking at the award ceremony in Tripoli, attended by large number of members of the French community in the capital, Casals paid tribute to previous presidents and all those who gave their time to work with the chamber. It had done extremely useful work, he said, and was an indispensable tool of Franco-Libyan business relations, having been present in Libya in good and bad times.
Libya faced a huge challenge at present, he said, but despite the issues it was important to remain optimistic. He said he was personally confident that Libyans would see their efforts succeed and that those who were trying to undermine the foundations of a modern state would not win. [/restrict]