French town names street after Taiwanese diplomat
CNAPARIS--A town in suburban Paris has named a street after a senior Taiwanese diplomat, a move that is believed to be the first of its kind in France, a city councilor said Sunday.
January 8, 2013, 12:01 am TWN
Hugues Rondeau, mayor of Bussy-Saint-Georges, a commune about 30 km east of Paris, will officially name an alley after Taiwan's representative to France, Michel Ching-long Lu, who has served in the post since 2007.
The mayor gave high praise to Lu's enthusiasm for his work, said City Councilor Philippe Le, a Vietnam-born Chinese.
Rondeau was also quoted as saying that the Taiwanese de-facto ambassador has earned support from him and the public with his creativity and his audacious methods of expanding Taiwan-France relations.
Lu, 65, has held various diplomatic posts, including ambassador to Haiti and Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman.
Bussy Saint-Georges is a rapidly developing city, the population of which saw an elevenfold increase between 1990 to 2005 and which at present stands at around 25,000. It is twinned with Taiwan's Dajia District of Taichung in Central Taiwan.