Ordre National du Mérite conferred on Mrs. Françoise MAYLIE, Deputy Head of Mission, French Embassy in Islamabad
The ambassador of France, Régis de Belenet hosted a reception to present his deputy, Françoise Maylié with the medal of the ‘Ordre Natuional du Merite,’ which, as it’s name implies, is awarded to those who have served their country abroad with dedication. The function was attended by members of the embassy; some of the people she worked with
and a few friends.
In his speech, the ambassador said he was pleased to award Ms Mayle this distinction on behalf of the President of the French Republic, a distinction proposed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, because it means that the commitment of the diplomats of the French Embassy in Pakistan has been noticed by the highest authorities. This is not just any medal but one of two French National Orders of distinction, created by President General de Gaulle in 1962.
“You have always demonstrated a sense of duty while serving the French Republic,” he said. “I felt lucky that you were deputy head of mission when I arrived in Pakistan. Soon you will be heading to The Hague to take up your duties as deputy head of mission. I wish you good luck and thank you for your assistance."
In her response Françoise Maylié said she was moved by the ambassador’s remarks of esteem. “I want to thank all of you who are attending this ceremony tonight but also those who could not make it and of course my family. I am honoured that this distinction was established by President de Gaulle, as Mr. Ambassador said earlier. General de Gaulle has been an outstanding French Statesman and was recognised as such in France, aboard, and here in Pakistan.”
Paying tribute to all those who have helped her, she said she was grateful to the administration, which provided her with various postings that allowed her to better understand the world’s changes and also to defend at least one or two ideas, which mean a lot to her.
“I chose the ambassador, who represents the highest authorities of the French Republic to confer this distinction on me,” she said, “because I have particularly enjoyed working under his authority in Pakistan, a country that I highly appreciate for the quality of human contacts; the exceptional sense of hospitality of its people; the numerous signs of prestigious civilizations and its dynamic and successful economy. Having worked and lived in various parts of the world, I don’t feel homesick but rather rely on the values and ideas espoused by my country, which aim at universality and contribute to building bridges between cultures.
This has constituted my guideline. Mr. Ambassador, dear friends, allow me to express once again my gratitude for the distinction that has been conferred on me and let me say that I am particularly happy to share this moment with all of you.”
(Courtesy, Mrs. Ishrat HYATT, Daily The News, August 9, 2006)