Order of Officer of the Legion of Honor, the highest honor that the country gives a foreigner, for outstanding achievements made in the civil or military field
In a moving ceremony the French ambassador in Argentina, Jean-Michel Casa, presented the awards to the order of Officer of the Legion of Honor to three outstanding personalities.
Estela de Carlotto, Founder and President of the "Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo, Susana RINALDI, artist and tango singer, and Mafalda, actually its creator, Joaquín Salvador Lavado "QUINO" but instead attended his editor, Daniel Divinsky.
Recent developments related to the crisis in Ukraine that had generated to cancel his visit Mr. Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs, who was to preside over the ceremony.
Estela de Carlotto noted that "France has been for us a very supportive country and being here is like being in our own home, during the military dictatorship that opened us to denounce it."
As added that receive this distinction "is very emotional from the staff, in addition to institutional importance to the May Square Grandmothers".
While Rinaldi pointed to France as his second home, where he lived 24 years after his exile in 1975: "When I returned to Argentina was to stay and I thought France would be like love at a distance, but still feel intensely close, like that another house still receiving and protecting me. "
Ambassador Casa made a journey through the history of Carlotto and "Tana" Rinaldi. Then handed the award, kiss on both cheeks honorees and offered a rose. As it was not Quino, and to the surprise of the audience, discovered a giant Mafalda, to which the French ambassador announced him the details of the award he received symbolically, with the smile of approval from the audience.
The artist, who is currently in Madrid, will receive the distinction in the context of their participation in the Paris Book Fair in the year Cortazarian Argentina has a special guest.
Among those present were Magdalena Faillace, responsible for Cultural Affairs of the Foreign Ministry; Eduardo Jozami, National Director of the Cultural Centre of Memory Haroldo Conti, Monica Guariglio, the Secretary of Culture of the Nation; Tati Almeyda, Mothers of Plaza de Mayo line founder and Grandmother Rosa Roisinblit.
As writers Mempo Giardinelli and Guillermo Martinez, Gabriela Adamo, executive director of Fundación El Libro, the photographer Sara Facio, the former Spanish judge Baltazar Garzon, and Daniel Filmus, Secretary Relative to the Falkland Islands Affairs.
Ambassador Casa, the French diplomatic and press officers of the embassy hosts were worthy of the guests, the media and especially the envoys of the medium.
traducción: Belén Zapata